They should be sentenced to a good head smashing of their own. What is crazy about this whole story is if a computer didn’t get seized for an unrelated reason these guys would have got away with bashing a kangaroo. Luckily, they are facing some justice.
Craig Jamie House and Vance Geoffrey Jarvis both pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court to the ill-treatment of an animal.
According to Metro: The court heard police came across home video footage of the incident, which happened east of Bunbury in June 2015, on a computer seized during a raid on an unrelated matter.
The footage showed the pair cornering a kangaroo into a dam, throwing rocks at it and bashing it with crowbars until it became lifeless, before dragging it out of the water.
The two men represented themselves at their Tuesday court appearance which was set down for a trial but both changed their pleas to guilty.
House told the court he killed the kangaroo to eat it because he was living off the land and was having a tough time financially.
He said his gun licence had been confiscated two years earlier and he did not want to purchase a gun illegally so used the crowbar as a weapon instead.
“I tried to put out the ‘roo in the most humanely way I could,” House told the court.
Magistrate Shackleton disagreed and said there was a large element of cruelty by throwing rocks, egging on the dog and hitting the kangaroo in the head.
“For a number of minutes, you were not behaving humanely to that kangaroo,” Magistrate Shackleton said.