Pocock beats Maules Creek protest charges

Former Wallabies captain David Pocock has beat all charges following his arrest for protesting against the Maules Creek coal mine.

Pocock was arrested, along with six other activists, in December after chaining himself to an excavator at Whitehaven's Maules Creek coal mine.

He was charged with entering enclosed land without lawful excuse, remaining on enclosed land without lawful excuse, and hindering working of mining equipment.

Following his court appearance Pocock was served a Section 10, and will receive no conviction recorded against him, and no penalty for his involvement.

The judge presiding stated "Pocock was of exceptional character and that protest activity is likely to continue at Maules Creek".

The news was welcomed by the main protest groups against Maules Creek, Frontline Action on Coal and the Leard Forest Alliance.

 

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