Meet the new man in charge of our courts
IN his 35 years in the law and order field, new Grafton magistrate Kim Pogson has seen a few things that would shock even the most broad-minded person.
He's presided in courts across the state and had some bizarre charges brought before him including the case of a man who had been charged with bestiality after having sex with a frozen chicken.
Mr Pogson jokes about it now, but says the chicken case was one of the more unusual matters he has had to deal with.
The father of two, who is originally from Sydney, started his appointment to the North Coast court circuit in January.
Every Monday and Tuesday you will find Mr Pogson at the local court in Grafton. The circuit also consists of courts at Ballina, Lismore and Maclean.
"I don't think it matters where you go, it's the same offences with different people committing them," Mr Pogson said.
"(Grafton) is on par with most other larger courts."
Mr Pogson lives outside of Byron Bay and says he loves the outdoor lifestyle of the North Coast, particularly the beach.
And despite having both knees replaced after years of rugby, the spritely magistrate says exercise is a must to cope with the daily rigours of a busy court.
"I do have a life," he said before listing his outdoor hobbies. "When I first started out I did take my problems to bed, but you have to get it out of your mind once you leave the courtroom."