Mount Isa reptile court case transferred to Southport

The Mount Isa Court House.
The Mount Isa Court House.

LEGAL proceedings against a 27-year-old man alleged to have captured protected wildlife has been transferred from Mount Isa to the Southport Magistrates Court. 

Laughlan Robert Gotje, of Lower Beechmont, is among two men arrested in Old Mica Creek Road on Thursday, July 13. They were were alleged to have more than 30 reptiles in their vehicle. 

It’s further alleged investigating officers found another 30 snakes, six geckos, and two monitors afterwards. 

Gotje faces nine charges of taking or keeping restricted and protected animals, although its understood police prosecution will amend some of the charges. 

Legal Aid Queensland represented Mr Gotje’s mention in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Monday, asking his appearance be excused. The request to transfer the matter to Southport on Tuesday, August 29, was approved by the magistrate. 

The other man was mentioned in court that day as well. 19-year-old Dalby man Morgan Fraser Craik’s matter has been adjourned to the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Monday, August 28.