Man jailed for killing kan­ga­roo

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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 be­hav­ior. “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 12-month jail term, seven months of which were sus­pended. Swan pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to two an­i­mal cru­elty charges.

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