Australian biohacker implant travel card in hand, receives a fine

Screenshot of the ABC News video by Daniel Van Boom / CNET

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow is (the real name of) a 33-year-old Australian who fights a fine for not having a valid train ticket. Your defense? He had a valid ticket all the time, in his hand.

Meow-Meow appeared at the Newtown local court in Sydney, New South Wales on Friday morning, reports BuzzFeed, where he pleaded guilty to the charge of traveling without a train. ticket.

Meow-Meow is "ahead of the law", his lawyer Nicholas Broadbent told the ruling magistrate, explaining that Meow-Meow is a "self-identified biohacker". The prosecutor, Andrew Wozniak, argued that "what was in the hand of the accused, certainly was not a card."

The Magistrate sided with the prosecution and ordered Meow-Meow to pay the fine and costs, a total of AU $ 1,220 ($ 950, £ 680), according to BuzzFeed.

New South Wales Opal travel cards are used for trains, buses and ferries throughout the state. Meow-Meow, co-founder of the Biohacking Biofoundry site, had his Opal card implanted in his hand in April 2017. The chip was cut from the opal the size of a credit card, plastic coated and implanted by a driller, AAP reported last month when the government closed the Meow-Meow card.

"This is just a bloody story because they canceled my card," he told AAP. "How often do you see the words & # 39; innovation & # 39; and & # 39; public transport & # 39; in the same phrase in Sydney?"

Meow-Meow did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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