Accused cat killer’s shocking past

SIX years ago Dylan Clarke was laying in a bed at the Gold Coast Hospital in an induced coma after a horror drag-racing accident on a Helensvale street.

Yesterday, the 25-year-old left Southport Watchhouse on bail after allegedly telling police he beat a cat to death on Christmas night.

Clarke was charged after police were called by neighbours to a Labrador home Monday night following reports of a disturbance.

 

Dylan Clarke leaves the Southport Watchhouse after receiving bail. Picture: Gold Coast Bulletin.
Dylan Clarke leaves the Southport Watchhouse after receiving bail. Picture: Gold Coast Bulletin.

When they arrived about 10.30pm they found a kitten dead on the footpath.

Clarke was standing at the front door of the McMillian St property, police say.

When officers went inside they found a dead adult cat, which the 25-year-old allegedly said he beat to death.

Clarke was charged with two counts of serious animal cruelty, possession of cannabis and possession of drug utensils.

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About six years ago, the man was involved in a Helensvale street race that went horribly wrong.

In November 2011, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported of a horror drag-racing accident where the then 19-year-old collided with a 4WD coming in the opposite direction.

The couple in the 4WD were returning from their 20th wedding anniversary celebration, a witness said at the time.

Dylan Clarke leaves the Southport Watchhouse. Picture: Gold Coast Bulletin.
Dylan Clarke leaves the Southport Watchhouse. Picture: Gold Coast Bulletin.

Clarke was put in an induced coma after suffering head injuries.

He was yesterday granted bail by the Southport Magistrates Court on the proviso he surrender two pet snakes to the RSPCA within 48 hours.

Magistrate Gary Finger yesterday prohibited Clarke owning, acquiring or possessing any animals while on bail.

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He cannot contact a witness and must reside at his parent's home in Helensvale until he returns to court on January 11.

Outside court Clarke said: "I didn't kill anything, mate".



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