BAIL APPROVED: Krystina Margaret McEune was granted bail after allegedly stealing two of her neighbour's horses.
BAIL APPROVED: Krystina Margaret McEune was granted bail after allegedly stealing two of her neighbour's horses. contributed

Neigh-bourly dispute lands alleged horse thief in court

A WOMAN who allegedly stole two horses from her neighbour has made a successful application for bail.

Krystina Margaret McEune, 53, appeared in custody in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

There she faced charges of obstructing a police officer, stealing an animal that is stock and unlawful stalking and threatening violence.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Grant Klassen said it was alleged McEune had stolen horses from a neighbour, with who she had "ongoing issues".

The neighbour had made a stalking complaint against McEune and also reported that she had threatened to shoot them.

When officers investigated the stalking complaint, she allegedly obstructed them.

Defence lawyer Mary Buchanan told the court McEune would be contesting the charges, and that her client had no criminal history and did not hold a weapons licence or own a firearm.

Ms Buchanan said what had transpired rose from a "civil dispute over the ownership (of the horses)" that had led to McEune's appearance in court.

She said her client had spent thousands of dollars caring for the animals.

Ms Buchanan said McEune had believed the horses belonged to her.

She also mentioned that in "some of the situations it was alleged she (McEune) was intoxicated".

McEune had to be helped by a police guard to stand when being addressed by Magistrate Ross Woodford, saying she was a "bit sore everywhere at the moment".

Mr Woodford said he had to take into the account the serious nature of the offences and "your threats to shoot the complainants".

But despite the alleged threats, Mr Woodford said he acknowledged that McEune did not own weapons, and lived "some kilometres" from the neighbour.

Considering McEune's lack of history, he said he would allow her bail under strict conditions that she would have to abide by before her next court appearance.

Mr Woodford ordered McEune to have no contact with the complainants, her neighbour.

He also banned her from possessing any firearms.

For the "inference" of involvement of alcohol in the dispute, Mr Woodford also banned McEune from consuming alcohol while on bail.

McEune is due to appear again on May 13.



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