Aus­tralian man jailed for bru­tal killing of kan­ga­roo in filmed at­tack

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - WORLD -

MEL­BOURNE: A 28-year-old Aus­tralian man will spend five months in prison for bru­tally killing a kan­ga­roo in an at­tack filmed and posted on so­cial me­dia, ABC News re­ported late on Fri­day.

Ricky Ian Swan was one of four men charged in Septem­ber with us­ing weapons to tor­ture and kill two kan­ga­roos.

Swan chased one of the kan­ga­roos in­flict­ing more than 20 stab wounds and kick­ing the dy­ing an­i­mal in the head.

“You sub­jected this par­tic­u­lar an­i­mal to a savage and bru­tal at­tack,” ABC cited Mag­is­trate Deen Potter as say­ing.

Potter also said that Swan’s ac­tions amounted to cru­elty to an an­i­mal and in­cluded tor­ture, mu­ti­la­tion and ma­li­cious be­hav­iour.

“I don’t know what came over me,” ABC cited Swan’s re­marks from one of his sen­tenc­ing re­ports.

“It’s dis­gust­ing. That per­son in the video is not me.”

The Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court in West­ern Aus­tralia handed Swan an im­me­di­ate 12month jail term, seven months of which were sus­pended.

Swan pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to two an­i­mal cru­elty charges.

Ear­lier in the week, the court sen­tenced Swan’s co-ac­cused, a 26-year-old Perth man, to two years in prison for a se­ries of an­i­mal cru­elty of­fences, which the court said dis­played “mon­stros­ity”, ABC re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to govern­ment sta­tis­tics there are about 45 mil­lion kan­ga­roos in Aus­tralia and the num­ber is grow­ing rapidly, nearly dou­bling the hu­man pop­u­la­tion, now at 25 mil­lion.

Most an­i­mal wel­fare is reg­u­lated at the state or ter­ri­tory level. — Reuters

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