CATCHERS CAUGHT: Two men have been ordered to pay for damages they caused while chasing rabbits in Wondai.
CATCHERS CAUGHT: Two men have been ordered to pay for damages they caused while chasing rabbits in Wondai. Michael Nolan

These hunters caught something they were not expecting

TWO friends who went chasing rabbits also found a way to burn $230 each.

Peter Leslie McKenzie and Christopher Thomas Mooney drove into what they thought was an empty paddock behind the Wondai soccer fields in the early hours of August 20.

As they drove around looking for the pests, they inadvertently tore up the grass and damaged the field.

Unbeknown to the amateur poachers, the field is owned by the South Burnett Regional Council and leased to the Baramabah United Soccer Club, which uses it as an additional field.

As a result, the pair pleaded guilty to causing wilful damage when they appeared in Murgon Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Magistrate Andrew Hackett ordered each of the 19-year-old sawmill workers to pay the soccer club $233.75 in damages.

"You went chasing rabbits and what you found was a way to burn $233,” Mr Hackett said.

"Criminal convictions will follow you for life and for a little ill-considered fun you're names will be out in the community,” Mr Hackett said.

McKenzie and Mooney were handed a nine-month $400 good behaviour bond. No conviction was recorded.

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