Why the long face? Man is being taken to court for using his cell phone while riding on a HORSE along a deserted country road
- Ruiter saw a telephone on his ear on a country road in NSW Central West
- Appeared in Mudgee Local Court charged with the use of a telephone while driving
- Smiling magistrate joked that the animal was not equipped with a hands-free set
- Horse is technically a vehicle, so the man pleaded guilty and got a three-month bond
A man is saddled with good behavior for illegally talking on his cell phone – while riding a horse.
The 30-year-old trotted along a country road near Tambaroora in the NSW Central West on 19 October at approximately 10 km / h.
The local police saw him holding a phone against his right ear around 11 am and despite the fact that the traffic was ‘light’, he decided to stop it.
He recently appeared in Mudgee Local Court, where the magistrate could hardly hold his laughter long enough to pronounce a sentence.
A man has been dragged into court for talking illegally on his cell phone – while riding a horse along a country road (stock image)
“It is not made clear in the indictment, but the vehicle is a horse,” said police prosecutor Kris O’Brien according to the court Mudgee Guardian.
Magistrate David Day agreed that the crime was “trivial in the extreme” and joked that the horse was not equipped with a hands-free set.
“I have previously accused someone of being drunk on a horse – but only one,” he said.
“Under the traffic rules, a horse is a vehicle … and he didn’t have a hands-free device on the horse.”
Defendant Tim Cain’s lawyer said his client pleaded guilty “because he admits the horse was moving.”
Magistrate’s Day noted that the accusation was mainly small in a rural area where horses were often used for transport.
The rider received a conditional release order of three months without conviction and went back to the saddle.