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March 28th, 2008:

Aussie in Kiwi Rape Claim

A Motueka man who claimed to have been left speaking Australian after being raped by a wombat, has been sentenced to 75 hours’ community work for his trouble.

…[He] admitted in the Nelson District Court yesterday to the charge of using a phone for a fictitious purpose, after calling police with the message, ‘I’ve been raped by a wombat’ … He called police again soon after, …"I’ll retract the rape complaint from the wombat, because he’s pulled out …Apart from speaking Australian now, I’m pretty all right you know, I didn’t hurt my bum at all,”          Source:[^]

I think that we can consider this as heralding a new era of Trans-Tasman relations!  That just goes to show, it’s true that a wombat "Eats, Roots and Leaves"!


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