Neighbour's cows sold as dog's meat

STEALING and slaughtering six of his neighbour’s cattle have cost Gatton man Nicholas Kenneth Riley $8500 in fines and compensation.

Gatton Magistrates Court heard six droughtmaster cross cattle of varying ages had wandered on to Riley’s rented property in Lehmanns Rd, Coolana, from the property next door on or about June 19.

Instead of corralling the beasts and calling the neighbour or police, Riley, 26, had herded the cattle into portable panels and contacted an associate to whom he sold the herd for $1/kg for dog’s meat, prosecutor Senior Constable Mark McKenzie told the court.

Riley had loaded the cattle into a truck and crate and took them to a Plainland property where they were slaughtered after their ear tags had been cut off and discarded into a wheelie bin.

Stock squad officers attending another matter at the property on June 29 found two of the ear tags and were directed to Riley.

Snr Const. McKenzie said Riley told police his neighbour’s cattle had been wandering on to his land and damaging fences on his property for some time.

He pleaded guilty to stealing, possessing tainted property (that being the truck in which the stolen cattle were transported) and failing to obtain a proper permit to transport the cattle.

The court heard Riley was very embarrassed and remorseful and realised he made a silly mistake.

Magistrate Damian Carroll described Riley’s actions as a “despicable act” and fined him $6000, ordered he make restitution of $2460 to the complainant and disqualified him from driving for six months.

Mr Carroll ordered the conviction not be recorded.

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