Another alleged kangaroo torturer appears in Joondalup Magistrates Court

Ben Jaydon Malpuss outside Joondalup Magistrates Court after an earlier hearing.  Photo: Justin Bianchini
Ben Jaydon Malpuss outside Joondalup Magistrates Court after an earlier hearing. Photo: Justin Bianchini

ONE of the four men charged in relation to the kangaroo torture that shocked Perth is likely to plead guilty in Joondalup Magistrates Court next month.

Ben Jaydon Malpuss (26), of Woodvale, appeared in court this morning without his lawyer Mark Gunning and also faces serious charges over an unrelated incident involving the firing of a gel blaster gun in Craigie in early September.

Mr Gunning had called the police prosecution before the hearing to request his client be remanded until after December 3 when a co-accused of Mr Malpuss was being sentenced.

Magistrate Elaine Campione extended bail and remanded Mr Malpuss to December 10.

“I’ll say likely pleas of guilty and proceed to sentence,” Ms Campione said.

The charges over the gel blaster incident in Craigie include common assault in circumstances of aggravation or racial aggravation, two counts of common assault and three of discharging a firearm at people to cause fear.

Malpuss’ kangaroo assault co-accused:

– Luke Kevin Dempster (26), of Wanneroo, intends to plead guilty to animal cruelty charges at a sentencing hearing on December 3. The court also heard last month he intended to plead guilty to three counts of common assault after allegedly firing a gel blaster gun at people with intent to cause fear in Craigie on September 4.

– Ricky Ian Swan (28), of Aveley, pleaded guilty last month to kangaroo cruelty and possessing a knife to harm an animal and was remanded for sentencing on November 28.

– Dylan Leslie Griffin (22), of Bullsbrook, is yet to plead in relation to animal cruelty and has been remanded to reappear on November 12.