Roo tor­ture guilty plea

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Justin Bian­chini

ONE of the four men charged in re­la­tion to the tor­ture and killing of two kan­ga­roos is set to ap­pear in Joondalup Mag­is­trates Court this week.

Luke Kevin Demp­ster, of Wan­neroo, is due in court this Fri­day af­ter one of his co-ac­cused Ricky Ian Swan pleaded guilty last week.

Swan (28), of Ave­ley, who was charged with kan­ga­roo cru­elty and pos­sess­ing a knife to harm an an­i­mal, was re­manded for sen­tenc­ing on Novem­ber 28.

Mr Demp­ster and Swan first ap­peared in court last month on the same day as co-ac­cused Dy­lan Les­lie Grif­fin (22), of Bulls­brook, and Ben Jay­don Mal­puss (26) af­ter po­lice found dis­turb­ing mo­bile phone footage of the May and June at­tacks.

Mr Grif­fin, who po­lice al­lege shot one of the kan­ga­roos in the eye with a firearm, reap­peared in court on Mon­day last week and was re­manded un­til Novem­ber 12 to seek le­gal advice.

It was dur­ing ev­i­dence when con­sid­er­ing Mr Grif­fin’s case last month that the court heard po­lice pros­e­cu­tor claims that he and his co-charged were linked to an out­law mo­tor­cy­cle club. The mag­is­trate said mem­ber­ship of such a club on its own was “not an is­sue”.

Mr Mal­puss, of Wood­vale, is set to reap­pear in Joondalup Mag­is­trates Court on Novem­ber 5 af­ter be­ing granted bail on a $10,000 surety last month.

Pic­ture: The West Aus­tralian

Dy­lan Grif­fin leaves Joondalup court last month.

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