Jail an option for drunk roo killer
ONE of the four Perth men charged in relation to the shocking torture and death of two kangaroos has had his sentencing adjourned to December 7.
Magistrate Deen Potter is considering a jail or suspended jail term for 28year-old Ricky Ian Swan after hearing from police and defence lawyer John Hammond in Joondalup Magistrates Court last Wednesday.
The Aveley resident pleaded guilty in October to kangaroo cruelty and possessing a knife to harm an animal.
Mr Hammond told the
Times that he said to the court his client had been drinking so heavily he did not know where or when the knife attack on the kangaroo had happened.
“He’s only been aware of it when a video was posted on Instagram,” Mr Hammond said. “And he decided to hand himself into police. He accepts it was a senseless and brutal act for which there’s no excuse.”
Mr Hammond said he told the court Swan was better off not being jailed because his rehabilitation for alcohol abuse was “going along very well”.
“And he’s got two dependents: a four-month-old baby and a five-year-old child,” he said.
Police say the kangaroo attacks, which were filmed on mobile phone and shocked WA detectives, happened in May and June.
The Animal Justice Party called for a jail term.
“Additionally, we would like to see an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act that includes a minimum penalty (over and above any suspended sentences) of at least $1000 and two months community service,” Party WA convener Katrina Love said.