Australian Trial Over Johnny Depp’s Dogs Pending Next Year

7 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amber Heard pleads not guilty to illegally importing dogs into Australia and begs for speedy trial.

Amber Heard could face up to ten years in prison if convicted of illegally importing her pets dogs into Australia, but despite the threat the actress has insisted she’s “looking forward” to fighting the case next year when it goes to trial.The actor Amber Heard has said she is “looking forward” to fighting charges of illegally bringing two Yorkshire terriers into Australia, with a five-day trial to be heard on the Gold Coast next year. The wife of Johnny Depp , 52, has been accused of violating the country’s biosecruity laws by bringing the couple’s dogs – Pistol and Boo – into the country by private jet in May. Heard’s lawyers indicated that her husband, Johnny Depp, might also appear during the case but said he did not “wish his presence to be disruptive of this court”.

Entering her not guilty plea against the charges at Southport Magistrates’ Court in Queensland on Monday, Heard said in a statement via her lawyers: “My decision to defend these charges, as will become apparent in the appropriate forum of the court, is not intended to in any way diminish the importance of Australia’s laws. “I look forward to attending the hearing of these matters … Whilst I am unable to comment on the specific matters before the court I would like to say that I respect the importance of Australia’s laws.” Being asked about the case on Australia’s Sunrise show while promoting Magic Mike XXL in June, she said: “I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there.” It is not clear whether Depp, whom Heard accompanied while he was filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, is among the dozen witnesses to be called by the commonwealth director of public prosecutions. Heard’s barrister, Paula Morreau, said: “Obviously it’s foreshadowed and they wanted to attempt to … ” before White interjected to say she was “just being facetious”.

The prosecutor, Laura Hamilton, said the crown had “some difficulty with the timeframe” requested by Heard as it had managed to contact only eight of 12 witnesses it intended to call, three of whom would be unavailable until mid-February. Depp appeared to respond to Joyce in a black joke he told at this year’s Venice film festival: “I killed my dogs and ate them, under direct orders of some kind of, I don’t know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia.”

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