British tourist jailed for four years over $250,000 diamond theft in Cairns in far north Queensland
A 31-year-old British national who stole a diamond worth $250,000 in Cairns last year has been sentenced to four years in jail by a far north Queensland court.
The District Court heard Matthew Mark Luke John Osborne ran from the Cairns jewellery store with the rare pink argyle diamond in February last year, after asking to see the gem up close.
Police used security camera footage and fingerprints to track Osborne.
He was arrested at a Melbourne airport as he was about to board a flight to New Zealand several days after the theft.
When Osborne was arrested he told police he swallowed the gem, but it was never recovered.
Today, his lawyer said the diamond had actually been lost during a camping trip and that Osborne’s decision to steal it had been spontaneous.
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