Swan jailed for stab­bing kan­ga­roo

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Justin Bian­chini

A SEC­OND of the four men charged over the kan­ga­roo tor­ture and killing that hor­ri­fied Perth ear­lier this year was told by a mag­is­trate jail “will be a con­fronting ex­pe­ri­ence for you” as he was jailed for five months last week.

Ricky Ian Swan (28), of Ave­ley, re­ceived a 12month sen­tence sus­pended for seven months in Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day for stab­bing a kan­ga­roo with a knife more than 20 times at an un­known lo­ca­tion be­tween May 19 and June 16.

He was seen in a Snapchat video – filmed by co-ac­cused and for­mer bikie as­so­ciate Luke Demp­ster and re­cov­ered by Joon­dalup de­tec­tives – abus­ing the an­i­mal with “come here c___” and “you mother f__er”.

Mag­is­trate Deen Pot­ter said the kan­ga­roo was a unique, de­fin­i­tive and iconic as­pect of the Aus­tralian land­scape and at 28 years old Swan “should have known bet­ter”.

He said the an­i­mal was “clearly dis­tressed” and tried to es­cape when Swan ad­vanced on it and stabbed it in the back of the neck.

As it lay strug­gling, Swan in a “frenzy” stabbed it “an­other 20 times to the head and neck”.

Mr Pot­ter said the an­i­mal must have felt pain and fear un­der the bru­tal at­tack and “vac­il­lated be­tween fight or flight”.

With re­gard to Swan’s claim that he was so drunk he could not re­mem­ber stab­bing the kan­ga­roo, Mr Pot­ter said his mo­tor skills were “in­con­sis­tent with that level of in­tox­i­ca­tion”.

He also ques­tioned the claim the at­tack was not pre­med­i­tated – there “must have been some”.

Mr Pot­ter took into ac­count his early guilty plea and noted his now “full ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the grav­ity of his ac­tions”.

He said it was clear Swan had not dealt with the death of his fa­ther and noted that he had sought coun­selling – al­beit af­ter the of­fence was dis­closed.

“I don’t know what came over me, it’s dis­gust­ing. I wish it never hap­pened, I thought I was fine but clearly not,” Swan had said in court doc­u­ments

Mr Pot­ter noted that Swan had lost his fi­ancee and job. His mother’s state­ment had said her son had lost ev­ery­thing in a “mo­ment of reck­less­ness un­der the abuse of al­co­hol”.

Mr Pot­ter noted that if the aim of co-ac­cused Demp­ster’s film­ing was no­to­ri­ety, it had been suc­cess­ful, with Swan’s lawyer John Ham­mond say­ing in court last week that his client was now a “pariah” in the com­mu­nity.

He also ac­knowl­edged Demp­ster’s cul­pa­bil­ity as the “prin­ci­pal of­fender”, who was “en­cour­ag­ing you”. He fined him $3000 for pos­sess­ing the knife to in­flict cru­elty.

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