Friday, 24 February 2017

PNG student in Australia pleaded guilty to robbing a woman in cairns


A Papua New Guinean student pleaded guilty in a district court in Cairns yesterday to robbing a woman two months ago.

Samuel Tia,24, who is studying hospitality and tourism, was remanded pending sentencing.
Cairns Magistrates Court Deputy Registrar Allan Mash was unable to provide details of the case but a local newspaper said Tia was intoxicated when he attacked the 23-year-old victim at Mount Sheridan at about 5.20am last December.

He grabbed the woman from behind and tried to push her to the ground before fleeing with her mobile phone.

Other morning walkers alerted the police who manage to nab Tia. No date was set to for the sentencing.

Tia was said to be on a six month cooking course at a Technical college in Cairns.

Layla Dodd walks with her partner Otis Morrison past the spot on George Cannon Drive, Mt Sheridan where she was allegedly attacked on an early morning stroll by the PNG man. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN. Cairns Post.

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