PNG TAFE student arrested in Cairns

By on December 15, 2016
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. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN

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. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN via cairnspost.com.au

A 24 year old Papua New Guinea (PNG) man studying at TAFE in Cairns has been arrested and remanded in prison for allegedly attacking a woman and stealing her mobile phone, the Cairns Post (December 15) reports.

The student, Samuel Tia, is alleged to have attacked a young woman during her morning walk at Mt Sheridan and taken her phone.

It is alleged that Tia grabbed 23 year old Layla Dodd from behind, covered her mouth and tried to push her to the ground before taking her mobile phone and fleeing. The attack has left Ms Dodd with minor scratches to her face and lips.

Tia who was completing a 6 month cooking course and residing at the Tropicana lodge was allegedly “very intoxicated” during the incident. He was also supposed to return to the country on December 9.

Tia appeared in the Cairns Magistrates’ Court last Saturday charged with one count of robbery with violence, and was denied bail.

His case has been adjourned to February 1, 2017.


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