A member of a prominent yachting family has appeared in a Sydney court accused of assaulting a community member assigned to help protect penguins in the Manly area.James Oatley, 28, is the grandson of the millionaire owner of the Sydney to Hobart yacht winner Wild Oats 11.
Oatley has appeared briefly in Manly Local Court this morning.
He faces charges after a 72-year-old penguin warden was assaulted on New Years Day at Manly Cove.
It is alleged Oatley pushed the warden after she complained about a dog which had jumped from Oatley's boat and started to chase penguins.
The accused walked sheepishly from court after his matter was adjourned until February seventh.