Cattle thief escapes spending time in jail
WHEN former Emerald man, Jason Carl Klementsen faced the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Wednesday he could have been going to jail instead of heading home.
But Klementsen instead left with a suspended sentence and probation.
On Februray 18, 2015 police officers identified suspect cattle at the Emerald Saleyards and as a result of that Klemensten was charged with fourteen stock-related charges.
The charges included six counts of stock stealing and one count of illegal branding.
Klementsen was found guilty of 13 of the 14 charges in the magistrates' court on Wednesday.
He was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years and was placed on probation for 18 months.
The investigations were carried out by the Stock and Rural Crime Squad officers from the Central police region.