A New Zealand man who claimed he was raped by a wombat and that the experience left him speaking with an Australian accent was found guilty of wasting police time.
Arthur Cradock, 48, from the South Island town of Motueka, called police to tell them he was being raped by the marsupial at his home and needed urgent assistance.
Cradock, an orchard worker, later called back to reassure the police operator that he was all right.
“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.”
He pleaded guilty in Nelson District Court to using a phone for a fictitious purpose and was sentenced to 75 hours’ community work.