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Luke Kevin Dempster got “obvious pleasure” from participating in animal cruelty, Magistrate Gregory Benn said. (ABC News: David Weber)
A 26-year-old Perth man has been sentenced to 2 years in jail for a string of “monstrous” animal cruelty offences — together with bashing a kangaroo with knuckle dusters and torturing a rooster — in addition to assault, firearms and drug offences.
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- Dempster had movies displaying animals being bashed, stabbed, shot and set on hearth
- He claimed the actions have been performed to be accepted by a bikie gang
- However a Justice of the Peace stated he received “apparent pleasure” from the assaults
Luke Kevin Dempster had pleaded responsible within the Joondalup Justice of the Peace’s Court docket to a dozen fees.
He was charged after police obtained two movies and a Snapchat video of kangaroos and a rooster being tortured.
One of many movies, from Could, confirmed a kangaroo being shot, inflicting an eyeball to come out.
The court docket heard that Dempster punched the kangaroo to the top 11 occasions whereas carrying a knuckle duster.
A Snapchat video taken by Dempster confirmed a kangaroo being stabbed, whereas one other depicted a rooster operating about whereas it was on hearth.
The court docket heard accelerant was used on the rooster.
Folks could possibly be heard laughing within the movies.
“It will likely be a while earlier than I get these movies out my head,” Justice of the Peace Gregory Benn stated.
Assaults ‘vicious, violent, protracted’
The Justice of the Peace stated Dempster gained “apparent pleasure” from the “violent, vicious, protracted” occasions, through which he actively participated.
The Justice of the Peace referred to the “monstrosity of the actions”, describing how Dempster had laughed, filmed the occasions after which stored the movies.
Luke Dempster had participated in the animal cruelty because he wanted to be accepted by a bikie gang, the court heard. (Facebook: Luke Dempster)
Justice of the Peace Benn stated whereas Dempster had pleaded responsible at an early stage, he had refused to help police of their investigations and assist determine others concerned.
Together with the animal cruelty fees, Dempster additionally pleaded responsible to fees of assault, discharging a firearm and medicines offences.
The court docket heard that he was driving a automobile within the Perth suburb of Craigie when a passenger fired a “gel blaster” gun at three separate victims.
One of many victims was accompanied by his eight-year-old son.
The gel gun has not been discovered and the one that fired it has not been recognized.
Mr Benn stated Dempster was “instrumental” within the offences.
A search of Dempster’s residence had turned up hashish and a smoking implement.
Dempster ‘wished to be a part of gang’
Defence lawyer Stephen Preece instructed the court docket his shopper couldn’t bear in mind hitting the kangaroo as a result of he was intoxicated on the time.
He stated Dempster had proven “deep embarrassment and remorse” because of his actions, which he had solely undertaken to be able to be accepted by a gang.
However the gang had bashed him and expelled him within the wake of the publicity.
He instructed the court docket that Dempster was now “minimize off from them in no unsure phrases”.
Dempster laughed as he filmed the animal torture, the court was told. (ABC News: David Weber)
Mr Preece stated Dempster’s reluctance to help police was a results of worry of retribution from gang members.
He known as for the Justice of the Peace to chorus from imposing a jail sentence, as his shopper had a full-time job, a supportive household and a toddler to assist, and was coping with alcohol and drug points.
The court docket heard Dempster had additionally donated cash to an animal welfare group.
However Mr Benn stated there was a necessity for normal deterrence and speedy imprisonment was required.
Dempster shall be eligible for parole.
Group left in shock
Nationwide vice chairman of the Animal Justice Celebration, Katrina Love, welcomed the sentence.
“The group typically is shocked by the diploma of aggravated inflicting of ache and struggling for pleasure and for leisure, principally,” she stated.
“I feel it is good to see a jail time period imposed, if you think about the prolonged ache and struggling and terror that the animals will need to have gone by.
“It is laborious to think about there can be a most sentence that one would assume, you recognize, was satisfactory.
“But it surely type of units a precedent, it does ship some type of message and I feel it is in step with what the group would count on.”