Cairns overnight media wrap, Thursday May 18






Attempt to pervert the course of justice, Cairns: A 42-year-old Julatten man was charged yesterday following investigations into the alleged presentation of a false affidavit to a Court.

It will be alleged that the man colluded with another man to produce and tender the document to the Cairns Magistrates Court earlier this year in relation to responsibility for a drug offence.

It will be further alleged that the purpose of the action was to have the second man take responsibility for the offence, and thereby ensure that his own ability to hold a liquor licence was not jeopardised.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the man’s Mount Lewis Road property yesterday morning and allegedly located quantities of cannabis and methylamphetamine as well as a glass pipe.

He was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, possession of a drug utensil and two counts of possession of a dangerous drug.

The second man, a 46-year-old also from Julatten, was charged on May 5 with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Both men are scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on May 22.

Stealing charges, Cairns: A 30-year-old Cairns North man was charged yesterday as a result of investigations into a number of thefts from CBD stores during April.

It will be alleged that the man and another male associate entered an optical business at a McLeod Street shopping centre on April 9 and each stole a number of pairs of sunglasses.

It will be further alleged that the man entered a CBD liquor store on April 28 and selected a bottle of spirits before leaving the store without paying.

Cairns Property Crime Squad officers located the man at a Pease Street address just before midday yesterday and he was taken into custody.

He was charged with two counts of stealing and is expected to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court later this morning.

His male associate, a 48-year-old Earlville man, was previously charged on April 26 in relation to the alleged sunglasses theft.

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