Benidorm parrot thief acquitted

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A BENIDORM man was acquitted of failing to return a parrot belonging to his cousin. 
Alicante’s provincial high court quashed a Benidorm court’s original sentence finding him guilty of minor offence of misappropriation, ordering him to pay a €270 fine and either return the parrot or give his cousin €400 compensation. 
According to the parrot’s owner, she agreed to lend it to her cousin who wanted to breed from it.  He later refused to return the bird, claiming that she had given it to him. 
He had also maintained that the parrot was not hers but her father’s and its papers were registered in his name, although the High Court pointed out that this was a tacit admission that the bird did not belong to him. 
In the event, the sentence was quashed, as the appeal against the original sentence was lodged in 2019 but as they referred to events that occurred in 2016 the time limit for prosecuting minor offenchad expired. 

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Linda Hall

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