Two men jailed over theft of nearly 1,000 cattle from north-west Queensland property


         Convictions have been secured over the theft of 944 heifer cattle

         The crimes took place over a two-year period in remote north-west Queensland

         Police have praised a young ringer, then 16, for coming forward with crucial evidence


By Tom Major, ABC Rural News (Australia)

Jul 14, 2021


Queensland courts have convicted two men over what police say was one of the state's biggest cattle theft cases in recent decades.


Former owner of Woodstock Station, Dezso Istvan Sipos, 58, from Capalaba, was sentenced in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Monday to two years' jail for stealing 280 head of cattle.


The conviction follows the sentencing in Cairns District Court last year of Atherton man Brenton Butler, 36, who will spend three years and nine months behind bars for the theft of 664 head.


Investigations by the Cloncurry-based Major and Organised Crime Squad Rural (MOCS), formerly known as the Stock Squad, began in 2015 after complaints were made by Strathpark Station's owner about missing cattle.


MOCS Rural Detective Sergeant Nick Hempel said the convictions were a pleasing result after a difficult four-year investigation leading to the men's arrest...


Young witness praised ...


Huge impacts on producers ...