Ac­cused roo killers in court

Wanneroo Times - - News - Justin Bian­chini

FOUR men ac­cused of tor­tur­ing and killing kan­ga­roos will reap­pear in Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court this month and next af­ter ap­pear­ing sep­a­rately in court last Fri­day.

Dy­lan Grif­fin, of Bulls­brook, the first to ap­pear of the four ac­cused of the an­i­mal cru­elty ear­lier this year, had bail set at $10,000.

Mag­is­trate Deen Pot­ter also or­dered Mr Grif­fin not to as­so­ciate with any of the co-ac­cused or mem­bers of the Rebels Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, with which po­lice said he was as­so­ci­ated.

Po­lice al­leged Mr Grif­fin, a scaf­folder orig­i­nally from Vic­to­ria, shot a kan­ga­roo in the eye with a firearm af­ter it was chased and stabbed re­peat­edly on May 19.

The other ac­cused are Ricky Swan, Ben Mal­puss and Luke Demp­ster.

Mr Grif­fin, who the court heard had handed him­self into po­lice, en­tered court un­der the guard of two se­cu­rity of­fi­cers and was sport­ing a black eye.

Po­lice op­posed bail be­cause they still had not found the firearm, knuck­le­duster and knife, and as­sis­tance to po­lice in re­cov­er­ing the weapons and “out­stand­ing mo­bile phones” had not been forth­com­ing.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor be­lieved there was still a dan­ger to the com­mu­nity be­cause “this firearm is still out there”.

Mr Pot­ter said flight risk and the po­lice fear of in­ter­fer­ence with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be ad­dressed by the bail con­di­tions, which in­cluded Mr Grif­fin re­port­ing to Joon­dalup po­lice sta­tion daily.

Mr Mal­puss (26), of Wood­vale, was also granted bail of $10,000 and re­manded to reap­pear on Novem­ber 5.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor did not op­pose bail given the “smaller sig­nif­i­cant part in what oc­curred” in re­la­tion to an­i­mal cru­elty.

Mr Mal­puss will have to re­port to Joon­dalup po­lice ev­ery Mon­day and not as­so­ciate with the co-ac­cused or mem­bers of the Rebels.

Mr Swan also ap­peared charged with an­i­mal cru­elty and was re­manded un­til Oc­to­ber 17, with bail set at $10,000.

Po­lice al­leged Mr Demp­ster was in­volved in the kan­ga­roo at­tacks as well as an­other an­i­mal cru­elty in­ci­dent. The 26-year-old from Wan­neroo al­legedly tor­tured an adult chicken on March 31 by plac­ing it on a fire fu­elled by ac­cel­er­ant. A small ex­plo­sive de­vice was det­o­nated, in­jur­ing the chicken.

Mr Demp­ster was re­manded to ap­pear on Oc­to­ber 26 and or­dered not to con­tact his co-ac­cused or mem­bers of the Rebels.

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