Supporters attack media outside court as ‘sadistic’ kangaroo torturer jailed

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Supporters attack media outside court as ‘sadistic’ kangaroo torturer jailed

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January 14, 2019 16:54:16

Angry scenes erupted outside a Perth court as supporters of a man sentenced for torturing and killing a kangaroo lashed out at the media.

Key points:

  • Dylan Griffin is the third member of a group to face court over the kangaroo attack
  • He was jailed over what a magistrate described as “sadistic” treatment of the animal
  • His supporters attacked members of the media who were covering the trial

Dylan Leslie Griffin, 22, was sentenced in the Joondalup Magistrates Court to 11 months in prison over the 2018 incident, which a magistrate described as “sadistic”.

Griffin pleaded guilty to punching the animal with knuckle dusters before shooting it in the eye.

He is the third man to be jailed over the attack. All four men involved have links to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Magistrate Gregory Benn described Griffin’s involvement as “whole-hearted, gleeful and sadistic”.

He said he understood the cruelty to be some a sort of rite of passage for the gang, “as disgusting at that sounds”.

He said the incident was not just friends out shooting, it was directly related to motorcycle gang culture.

He also described it as abhorrent, and so far out of the realm of what society deemed acceptable that the immediate jail sentence was necessary as a personal and general deterrent.

Supporters turn on media

After the sentencing, a violent scene unfolded as a group of Griffin’s supporters left the court.

One man smashed a television camera as he exited the court, yelling “f*** you, you smiling prick” to the operator.

The man was restrained by other members of the group as he was escorted out by court security officers.

Another man hit and spat on a journalist who was taking photographs.

Both members of the media have spoken to police.

The fourth man allegedly involved in the kangaroo attack is due to stand trial in July.

Topics:

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assault,

perth-6000,

wa,

joondalup-6027

First posted

January 14, 2019 16:40:22



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