Animal activist pleads guilty to stealing calf and dead piglet from WA farms

Mihaela Herceg outside the Mandurah Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to trespassing on farming properties and stealing animals. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.
Mihaela Herceg outside the Mandurah Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to trespassing on farming properties and stealing animals. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

A 21-year-old animal activist has admitted she helped steal a calf from a Brunswick farm with others, despite infamous Direct Action Everywhere ringleader James Warden denying he was involved in the incident.

Mihaela Herceg pleaded guilty to six charges in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.

The Yangebup resident pleaded guilty to trespassing at GD Pork in West Pinjarra and assisting others in stealing a dead piglet on September 9, 2018.

Herceg also pleaded guilty to stealing a Friesian calf with others, worth $300, from a Brunswick dairy farm on October 23, 2018.

The price of the calf was originally believed to be $1500, but was reduced to $300.

She pleaded guilty to trespassing on two farms in Nambeelup and Hopeland between August 28-31, 2018.

Herceg's lawyer Julie Pivac asked Magistrate Anne Longden for a "gag order" on her client's sentencing, to refrain from "personal, sensitive health issues" being heard.

Ms Longden said it was a "highly unusual" request, but they would be sensitive with information provided.

Ms Longden ordered a pre-sentence report.

Herceg is to due to appear for sentencing on December 17, 2019.

Mr Warden is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on February 17 after pleading not guilty to stealing and aggravated burglary.