Man charged for kick­ing quokka

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

AN 18-year-old man kicked a quokka so hard that it rolled about two me­tres out­side the Ge­ordie Bay gen­eral store at Rot­tnest Is­land last week.

“Po­lice were con­duct­ing pa­trols of the area af­ter 6pm and saw the man walk up to the quokka and kick it,” Sergeant Ryan Mur­phy told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

The Mt Pleas­ant res­i­dent was ar­rested, taken to the Rot­tnest Is­land Po­lice Sta­tion and then evicted from the is­land.

“His par­ents had to pick him up and they were not too happy,” Sgt Mur­phy said.

The man will ap­pear at the Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trates Court on De­cem­ber 23.

He was charged un­der the An­i­mal Cru­elty Act and faces up to five years in jail or a $50,000 fine.

Sgt Mur­phy said he was un­sure if the quokka sus­tained life-threat­en­ing in­juries, as po­lice were un­able to lo­cate it.

He said he was dis­ap­pointed that the group of about four peo­ple with the man did noth­ing to stop the at­tack.

“Whether it’s an­i­mal cru­elty or do­mes­tic violence, peo­ple need to speak up and say it is un­ac­cept­able,” he said.

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