13 September 2023

Two men plead guilty to animal cruelty after being accused of assaulting kangaroo

| Albert McKnight
Bega Court House. Photo: Ian Campbell.

Two men pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges in the Bega Local Court on Tuesday. Photo: Ian Campbell.

Two young men originally accused of assaulting a kangaroo on the Far South Coast both pleaded guilty on the first occasion they appeared in court to face their charges.

Three men – 18-year-old Will Cody Smith, 20-year-old Travis Dusan Nemec and 22-year-old Lachlan Westaway – had been charged over the incident from 22 July 2023.

Originally, NSW Police alleged three people had grabbed and repeatedly assaulted a kangaroo on Main Street, Merimbula, at around 9 am that morning.

The kangaroo managed to flee after the alleged assault.

It is also alleged that a person kicked the glass door of a laundromat on Market Street a short time later.

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The cases against the three men were heard at Bega Local Court on Tuesday (12 September) where Nemec, who is from Eden, and Westaway, from Wolumla, both pleaded guilty to a charge of committing an act of cruelty on an animal.

Their matters were listed for sentencing on 24 October.

Mr Smith, a Greigs Flat resident who also faces a charge of committing an act of cruelty on an animal, had his case adjourned for a mention to 26 September.

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