Cairns' duo's knife-point dog-nap charges
AN afternoon stroll along the sand turned into a tale of alleged dog-napping and extortion at knife-point for a Trinity Beach man and his pet kelpie.
Two men faced Cairns Magistrates’ Court yesterday after police alleged they seized the dog and threatened its owner with a fishing knife.
Jade Matthews, 25, and Jesse Howe, 27, were walking along the popular stretch of sand when Mr Howe was bitten by the kelpie, the court heard.
The two men allegedly took the dog from its owner and demanded money from the man as compensation for the minor wounds.
Mr Howe followed the dog’s owner to his home in Trinity Beach, but the man’s neighbour called police.
The two men allegedly fled, releasing the dog, but officers later found them in a car nearby.
Mr Matthews was released from police custody on strict bail conditions yesterday. Mr Howe was remanded in custody.