Dad faces cattle-duffing charge

A TIARO father has appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court for allegedly killing three cows with the intent to steal the carcasses.

The crime, known as cattle-duffing, is estimated to cost the beef cattle industry $2 million a year.

Sean Christopher Willis, 27, appeared in the court dressed in jeans, a t-shirt and work boots.

He did not officially enter a plea to the charge.

His solicitor Travis George, however, indicated Willis would plead guilty and would apply for the case to be dealt with in the Maryborough District Court.

Police allege Willis killed three head of cattle on an ungazetted road in the Bauple State Forest on January 19.

The charge was laid against him after an investigation by the Stock and Rural Crimes Squad which is based in Kingaroy.

Willis could be fined up to $50,000 or face up to 10 years in jail, if convicted of the offence. He was released on bail until his case is finalised.



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