Unemployed vegan and accused leader behind the theft of a $ 1,500 calf and a dead piglet from Australian farms are likely to spend the night in jail
- The vegan activist is accused of being the leader behind animal thefts
- Warden charged with forbidden terrain, stealing and aggravated burglary
- The police prosecutor argued that Warden was a flight risk before he was bailed
- He cannot have a passport, has to report to the police every week and stay away from farms
A hardcore vegan activist accused of being a leader in the theft of a calf and a dead piglet of West Australian farms is likely to spend at least one night in prison.
James Warden, from the Direct Action Everywhere group, went to the Magistrates Court in Perth on Wednesday, accused three allegations of violation and two counted for stealing and aggravated burglaries.
The 25-year-old, who was fined last month for forbidden access and live streaming on social media, has several co-accused, ranging in age from 21 to 36.
The $ 1,500 calf is said to have been taken to an animal rescue farm in Waroona, Western Australia, but was later returned to the owners in good health.
Vegan activist James Warden (photo), 25, is likely to spend at least one night in prison
Warden is accused of being the front runner behind the theft of a calf and a dead baby from farms in Western Australia
Warden was in court last week in his home state of NSW, where he was visiting the family and received bail on condition that he appears in Perth for the new crimes.
The police prosecutor said Wednesday that Warden, who is unemployed, was a flight risk.
But Warden's lawyer, Marilyn Loveday, said that he had lost his passport a few years ago and did not know that the police wanted to talk to him when he traveled to NSW.
& # 39; There was no reason for him not to go home, & # 39; she said.
Mrs. Loveday said that as soon as Warden was obliged to return to Perth, he did.
He could stay in jail longer, depending on how long it takes to complete the paperwork for his bail conditions. Pictured: video recorded by activist group Direct Action Everywhere
Warden (photo) was in court last week in his home state of NSW and received bail on condition that he appears in Perth for the new violations
She described the bail conditions as draconian. She also rejected the suggestion that Warden was the leader.
& # 39; These are like-minded people, but there is no leader, & # 39; she said. & # 39; These are his friends. & # 39;
The court heard the investigation was ongoing and there was a possibility of further costs.
& # 39; You are playing dice with your freedom, & # 39; Magistrate Joe Randazzo said to Warden.
Magistrate Randazzo said it was a strong prosecution case and ruled that Warden bail conditions should include a personal pledge of $ 10,000 and a bail of $ 5,000.
& # 39; There was no reason for him not to go home, & # 39; told his lawyer, Mrs. Loveday, to the court
The court in Perth has heard that the investigation is still ongoing and that there may be additional costs involved
Warden also has no passport, has to report to the police on a weekly basis and stay away from farms.
But his sister, who provided his deposit earlier, was already on his way to the airport to return to NSW when the magistrate made the decision, meaning that Warden will probably spend the night behind bars.
He could stay in jail longer, depending on how long it takes to complete the paperwork for his bail conditions.
Warden is scheduled for May 3 before the Mandurah Magistrates Court.
Warden can also not hold a passport, make a weekly report to the police and stay away from farms