Man to face even more charges

A WARWICK man about to face trial over the theft of hundreds of cattle over a decade is facing further theft charges.

Ashley Armstrong Thomson applied in the Brisbane District Court to have his bail conditions varied on Tuesday to allow him to live on his farm at Cunnamulla.

Thomson had been living in Warwick because his bail conditions don't allow him to reside on the farm where the alleged livestock offences occurred.

The 49-year-old is accused of stealing cattle over a 10-year period up until 2011.

In court, Crown Prosecutor Lily Brisick said more theft charges would be laid against Thomson allegedly committed while on bail.

Ms Brisick said during a court-approved visit to his farm, Thomson branded the calves of allegedly stolen cattle.

But Thomson, who represented himself in court, said the police had left cattle on his property three years ago and he assumed they were not related to the charges.

"If they did not take them I can only assume they were not subject to any issues," he said.

"To maintain your herd you have to do some sort of maintenance."

Judge Michael Shanahan said police returned a number of Thomson's cattle to his property last week.

Noting the additional charges, Judge Shanahan denied the bail application.

The judge said the cattle had sufficient amounts of food and water on the property. Thomson will face trial at the Charleville District Court on October 29.



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