Cat shot and killed in shooting spree
UPDATE: TWO men accused of killing a family cat during a shooting spree in Mackay were remanded in custody.
Tyson Keith Mullins and Brandon Peter Hassan faced the Mackay Magistrates Court each charged with one count of animal cruelty and four counts of wilful damage.
Hassan is also charged with unlawful possession of weapons and entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence.
While Mullins is also charged with breaching bail conditions on top on 10 other preexisting charges.
Duty lawyer Chris Schrader, of Legal Aid Queensland, made a bail application on behalf of Hassan, which was refused by Magistrate Ron Muirhead on the basis that cause was not shown why he should be released on bail.
Defence solicitor Antoinette Morton, of Morton Lawyers, made no bail application for Mullins.
Both matters were adjourned.
A CAT was shot and killed on the night of Mackay's suburban shooting spree.
Two more Mackay men will face the Magistrates Court today in relation to the January 8 shootings.
On Saturday, a 21-year-old man from Blacks Beach was charged with wilful damage and maiming an animal.
And yesterday police charged a 20-year-old Mackay man with wilful damage, maiming an animal, unlawful possession of a weapon and burglary.
The arrests follow extensive police investigations.
Walkerston man Fraser Edward Lewis, 20, appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court the day after the shootings. He was charged with unlawful possession of weapons, six counts of wilful damage and two counts of supplying dangerous drugs.
Mackay Criminal Investigation Branch Senior Sergeant Cindy Searle confirmed yesterday that the cat had been shot and killed on the night of the shootings.
Police were investigating whether or not the cat had been deliberately shot or merely caught in the cross fire, she said.
Six homes at Blacks Beach, Rural View, Beaconsfield and North Mackay were targeted during the rampage, which left residents shocked.
No one was injured in the incident.
Snr Sgt Searle said information from the public had helped police to swiftly identify those allegedly linked to the crimes.
She encouraged anyone with further information to come forward, as investigations into the matter were continuing.
"Whilst we have collected enough evidence to charge them, if people have further information it is always useful," she said.
Anyone with information that could assist police, should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.