An­i­mal tor­ture ap­palls

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Justin Bian­chini

A JOON­DALUP mag­is­trate said in jail­ing a kan­ga­roo tor­turer yes­ter­day he was send­ing a mes­sage that “this kind of ex­treme cru­elty to an­i­mals will not be tol­er­ated”.

Mag­is­trate Gre­gory Benn sen­tenced for­mer bikie as­so­ciate Luke Kevin Demp­ster (26) to two years jail over the “ap­palling” kan­ga­roo tor­ture and killing that shocked Perth ear­lier this year, the set­ting alight of a chicken and his role in the fir­ing of a gel blaster at by­standers in Craigie.

Mr Benn, who said it would be “some time” be­fore he got the video footage of the at­tacks “out of my mind”, sen­tenced the Wan­neroo man to 11 months jail over the tor­ture of a kan­ga­roo at an un­known lo­ca­tion in which Demp­ster punched the ex­tremely dis­tressed an­i­mal 11 times.

He re­ceived a six-month jail term for what Mr Benn de­scribed as “the ap­palling of­fence” of set­ting a chicken alight and dis­charg­ing an ex­plo­sive de­vice un­der it nine sec­onds later.

“That’s a long time to be burn­ing alive,” Mr Benn said af­ter ask­ing Demp­ster if he had stopped since to “count out the sec­onds”.

“I only hope the ex­plo­sive... brought an end to its life and suf­fer­ing.”

He also re­ceived five months jail for his role in ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing the stab­bing of a kan­ga­roo 22 times by an as­so­ciate some time be­tween May 19 and June 16.

He was also the driver of a ve­hi­cle in which his pas­sen­ger and co-ac­cused fired a gel blaster gun at three peo­ple in Craigie in Septem­ber.

He re­ceived two sen­tences of four months to be served con­cur­rently for his role in the as­saults, and two months jail for his part in a com­mon as­sault in cir­cum­stances of ag­gra­va­tion, over an eight-year-old boy who was with his fa­ther when the lat­ter was struck by pro­jec­tiles in the chest and stom­ach.

Mr Benn said Demp­ster showed “no re­gard for peo­ple” in the gel blaster at­tacks on Septem­ber 4 and had been “ex­tremely for­tu­nate” there was no se­ri­ous in­jury to some­one’s eye or face.

Demp­ster re­ceived a one-month jail term, to be served con­cur­rently, for pos­sess­ing knuck­le­dusters.

Demp­ster will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role af­ter serv­ing half his sen­tence.

The court heard the black eye that Demp­ster ap­peared with in court in Septem­ber was in­flicted by the bikie gang he was as­so­ci­at­ing with as part of ex­pul­sion from the group.

His lawyer, who said his client had been un­der pres­sure to im­press the gang, said he was no longer as­so­ci­ated with the group.

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