KILLED: Two Killarney residents face court after killing, stealing and butchering a sheep.
KILLED: Two Killarney residents face court after killing, stealing and butchering a sheep. Erin Smith

BUTCHERED: Sheep stolen, cut up on Southern Downs

A SHEEP hanged itself on a fence when it was chased around a paddock by two Killarney residents.

At Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday, it was revealed the dead sheep was then stolen by Rhueban Kincaid Williamson, and his mother-in-law Irene Joy Thompson, who butchered the animal.

Both 20-year-old Williamson and 63-year-old Thompson pleaded guilty to killing an animal with intent to steal.

Lawyer Clare Hine said both people agreed it was Williamson's idea to steal and kill the animal from the Emu Vale property, but Thompson played a part and drove the getaway vehicle.

"They both say they have absolutely no excuses, they can't even think what they were thinking at the time," Ms Hine said.

The owners reportedly saw the sheep being driven away in a ute about 7.30pm on New Year's Eve last year.

A Killarney residence was searched the next day and the lamb was found cut up in the fridge.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said it was the first offence of the kind he had seen for a long time.

During sentencing, Magistrate Bevan Manthey said the penalty should be a deterrent and reflect the loss to the sheep's owners.

Williamson and Thompson were both ordered to pay a $1300 fine and $75 restitution each.

Thompson was disqualified from driving for two months.


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