Pain still raw for family of dead cat as court case looms

UPDATE 4.50pm: SIPPY Downs mother-of-two Renee Carr says her children are still struggling after their pet cat 'Slash' was found dead with an arrow embedded in its chest last August.

"My six-year-old son went into the laundry and found the cat's collar and burst into tears the other day," she said.

"It hasn't been easy."

She said the loss of the family pet was still raw.

The man alleged to have killed the cat, Nathan Mark Buchanan, pleaded not guilty to two counts of injuring animals and one count of discharging a weapon in a public place in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning.

A decision on his matters were adjourned to a later date by Acting Magistrate Graham Hillan.

UPDATE 4.15pm: THE outcome of the hearing of alleged Sippy Downs cat killer Nathan Mark Buchanan will not be known for some time.

Buchanan faced three charges in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning, pleading not guilty to two counts of injuring animals and one count of discharging a weapon in a public place.

The lengthy proceedings were adjourned to a later date, yet to be fixed, by Acting Magistrate Graham Hillan.

Earlier:

THE man accused of killing a pet cat in Sippy Downs last August is expected to learn his fate later this afternoon.

Nathan Mark Buchanan pleaded not guilty to three charges in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning.

He is facing two counts of injuring animals and one count of discharging a weapon in a public place.

Sippy Downs woman Renee Carr's pet cat was killed last August.
Sippy Downs woman Renee Carr's pet cat was killed last August. Stuart Cumming

Buchanan is alleged to have killed Sippy Downs mother Renee Carr's pet cat 'Slash' by shooting it with an arrow.

In his hearing that is underway this morning Buchanan's police interview was played to the courtroom.

Buchanan went to police days after the incident to be interviewed.

In the interview he explained he'd mistaken two cats as ferals while target shooting in nearby parkland.

He shot the first cat which he said died shortly after, before a second, black cat came towards his targets.

Thinking it too was feral he fired and struck the second cat, which he said took off towards nearby houses in Bremer St.

In the interview Buchanan agreed the cat he killed was the same cat Ms Carr found when she returned home, shot through the chest and neck area with an arrow, although the arrow tip was no longer attached.

Defence barrister Stephen Courtney had earlier raised issue with the prosecution in trying to have them clarify where exactly they allege the incidents took place.

We'll update you with the decision later today.


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