Alleged kangaroo killer to plead guilty
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.
Luke Kevin Dempster (centre) will be sentenced on December 3.