Horse-nappers caught red-handed by owner

TWO women who decided to steal two horses after weeks of feeding and patting them have been fined $750 each.

Emily Jane McAllan, 19, and Zeta Priestly, 18, pleaded guilty in the Ipswich Magistrates Court to two counts of stealing a stock animal.

Neither McAllan nor Priestly had any criminal history.

The court heard McAllan lived on the same road as a paddock where the horses had been agisted by their owners in Deebing Heights.

She and her friend Priestly had fed and patted the horses for a period of time before they decided to steal them on Monday, May 27.

They organised a float to take them away, before cutting the fence to the paddock and leading the horses out,

The owner of one of the horses had noticed an ad in the online classifieds website Gumtree, advertising one of her horses for sale and went to the paddock to move it.

She saw the animals being taken away and followed the horse float to two separate properties near Peak Crossing where the horses were dropped off.

She reported the incident to police who moved to investigate the theft. The horses were recovered by police.

When interviewed by police, Priestly and McAllan admitted their involvement and said they simply decided they wanted the horses after going to the paddock and feeding them for so long and so took them.

Magistrate Michael Quinn said the pair had age and a lack of history for offending on their side and ordered no conviction be recorded.

They were both fined $750 for the theft.



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