Palms man to face court over Widgee cattle slayings

Snr Sgt Mark Ferling photographs the dead beast.
Snr Sgt Mark Ferling photographs the dead beast. Craig Warhurst

A 28-YEAR-OLD MAN from The Palms has been charged over the brutal slaying of stock breeding cows on a forestry road at Widgee last weekend, and will face a number of charges in Gympie Magistrates Court next month.

The man was arrested on Wednesday after members of the Gympie public read a story on the slayings in The Gympie Times and saw CCTV footage of a vehicle going through a local drive-through on the television.

A bottle of alcohol containing a docket was left at the scene of the slayings and discovered by Kingaroy Stock Squad detective Sergeant Mark Ferling when he investigated the scene on Monday morning.

"A number of people rang Crimestoppers after reading the newspaper story and identifying the vehicle," Gympie Police District Superintendent Chris Sang said yesterday.

"They put two and two together."

The man will face charges of killing with intent to steal, stealing and trespassing when he fronts the court in three weeks on April 22.

Topics:  cattle poaching widgee

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