Jail an op­tion for drunk roo killer

Wanneroo Times - - News - Justin Bian­chini

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.

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