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Kangaroo bashing accused Ben Malpuss ‘likely’ to plead guilty

A man charged over the horrific torture and killing of two kangaroos will “likely” plead guilty to an animal cruelty charge, a court has been told.

Ben Jaydon Malpuss was one of four men charged after police uncovered graphic vision on a seized mobile phone of two kangaroos being tortured in May and June.

Police say one kangaroo was severely burnt, kicked, spat on and punched several times by one of the men who was wearing knuckledusters.

The animal was then shot in the head at close range.

In a separate attack, another kangaroo was stabbed with a knife more than 20 times before being kicked in the head.

Mr Malpuss’ case was adjourned in the Joondalup Magistrate’s Court today, with Magistrate Elaine Campione saying a letter from his lawyer indicated it was “likely” he would plead guilty and be sentenced at his next appearance on December 10.

The 26-year-old is also facing a string of other charges including common assault and discharging a firearm to cause fear.

One of Mr Malpuss’ co-accused, Ricky Ian Swan has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty offences.

Luke Kevin Dempster, 26, has indicated his intention to plead guilty and Dylan Leslie Griffin, 22, is yet to enter a plea.

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