Joondalup court: accused kangaroo torturer intends to plead guilty

Luke Dempster pictured centre outside Joondalup Magistrates Court last month. Picture: The West Australian
Luke Dempster pictured centre outside Joondalup Magistrates Court last month. Picture: The West Australian

ONE of the four men accused of torturing and killing two kangaroos intended to plead guilty to all charges against him, including firing a gel blaster gun in an unrelated incident, it was heard in Joondalup Magistrates Court today.

Magistrate Gregory Benn extended Wanneroo man Luke Kevin Dempster’s bail to a sentencing hearing on December 3.

Mr Dempster (26), who was not required to plead after his lawyer indicated there would be guilty pleas, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty after police found disturbing mobile phone footage of the May and June kangaroo attacks.

One of the charges relates to a separate attack in which Mr Dempster allegedly tortured a chicken by putting it on a fire fuelled by accelerant.

He also stood accused of three counts of common assault, one in circumstances of aggravation or racial aggravation, where he allegedly fired a gel blaster gun at people with intent to cause fear in Craigie on September 4.

Police allege about 5pm a man and his young son were getting out of their car on Camberwarra Drive when a vehicle slowed down and the front passenger fired several ‘gel’ projectiles from a firearm.

The projectiles struck the man in the chest and stomach area.

A short time later, the same vehicle approached a man and woman walking their dog along the same street, and the gun was fired again.

One of the projectiles hit the woman’s shoulder while another struck the upper arm of the man.

Mr Dempster also faces two drug charges.

Dempster’s kangaroo assault co-accused:

-Ricky Ian Swan (28), of Aveley, pleaded guilty last week 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 and has been remanded to reappear on November 12.

-Ben Jaydon Malpuss (26), of Woodvale, is yet to plead and was granted the same bail with a $10,000 surety as the other men and remanded to appear on November 5.