Al­leged kan­ga­roo killer to plead guilty

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Justin Bian­chini

JOON­DALUP Mag­is­trates Court heard last Fri­day one of the four men ac­cused of tor­tur­ing and killing two kan­ga­roos in­tends to plead guilty to all charges against him, in­clud­ing fir­ing a gel blaster gun in an un­re­lated in­ci­dent.

Mag­is­trate Gre­gory Benn ex­tended Wan­neroo man Luke Kevin Demp­ster’s bail to a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on De­cem­ber 3.

Mr Demp­ster (26), who was not re­quired to plead af­ter his lawyer in­di­cated there would be guilty pleas, was charged with three counts of an­i­mal cru­elty af­ter po­lice found dis­turb­ing mo­bile phone footage of the May and June kan­ga­roo at­tacks. One of the charges re­lates to a sep­a­rate at­tack in which Mr Demp­ster al­legedly tor­tured a chicken by putting it on a fire fu­elled by ac­cel­er­ant.

He also stood ac­cused of three counts of com­mon as­sault, one in cir­cum­stances of ag­gra­va­tion or racial ag­gra­va­tion, af­ter he al­legedly fired a gel blaster gun at peo­ple with in­tent to cause fear in Craigie on Septem­ber 4 .

Po­lice al­leged about 5pm a man and his young son were get­ting out of their car on Cam­ber­warra Drive when a ve­hi­cle slowed down and the front pas­sen­ger fired sev­eral ‘gel’ pro­jec­tiles from a firearm.

The pro­jec­tiles struck the man in the chest and stom­ach area.

A short time later, the same ve­hi­cle ap­proached a man and woman walk­ing their dog along the same street and the gun was fired again. One pro­jec­tile hit the woman’s shoul­der, while an­other struck the up­per arm of the man.

Pic­ture: The West Aus­tralian

Luke Kevin Demp­ster (cen­tre) will be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 3.

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