Today, 18 April 2016, Ms Amber Heard appeared in the Southport Magistrates’ Court. The matter was before Judge Bernadette Callaghan.
Ms Heard plead guilty to the 1 charge of knowingly producing a false or misleading document, namely an incoming passenger card, contrary to section 137.2(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth).
As a result the CDPP withdrew 2 charges relating to the illegal import of two animals contrary to section 67(1) of the Quarantine Act 1908.
Ms Heard received a one-month good behaviour bond. No conviction was recorded. If Ms Heard commits an offence during the one-month period, she must forfeit $1000.
Ms Heard and the two dogs arrived from the USA via private jet on 21 April 2015.
On arrival, Ms Heard falsely declared on her Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) that she was not travelling with any animals.
On 13 May 2015, a biosecurity officer attended a property on the Gold Coast where the dogs were present and ordered into quarantine.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) provided advice to the Dept of Agriculture and Water Resources relating to serving Ms Amber Heard with a summons on 14 July 2015. This action was based on the above noted incident on 13 May 2015.