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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009
Defendant/Suspect: Jason Stephen Hampton
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A DELORAINE man is waiting for his sentence in jail after pleading guilty to torturing, burning and blowing up five possums in a systematic demonstration of cruelty.
Jason Stephen Hampton, 20, of West Parade, pleaded guilty to two counts of an act that resulted in the death of an animal, five counts of taking partly protected wildlife without a licence, three counts of cruelty to animals and four counts of illegal forms of hunting in October-November 2009.
Magistrate Tim Hill remanded Hampton in custody until he is sentenced on July 28.
"Any right-minded person would be horrified by this," Mr Hill said.
"This is the most serious case of cruelty I have dealt with."
The court heard that Hampton and another man videoed the torture acts in Deloraine and Bronte Park, and that their actions came to the attention of the RSPCA after they openly talked about them.
RSPCA prosecutions officer Glenn Carey said the men went out in a vehicle to catch the brushtail possums and filmed the acts of cruelty.
The video was shown to the court yesterday.
"There was systematic killing and wounding of five possums over a sustained period," Mr Carey said.
"It was not just one act or one night."
Three counts were comprised of the men driving a car at the possums, one count involved the stabbing of a caged possum with a knife on a stick and a third count involved beating the possum to death with a broom handle.
Three of the possums were set fire to and blown up.
Mr Carey said the animals would have suffered much pain and they died in an extremely brutal way.
He said there were 270 carers in Tasmania who volunteered their time to raise orphaned possums and they had been devastated about the way the possums were treated.
Defence lawyer Sacha Wong said Hampton's co-accused was the main perpetrator.
Mr Wong said Hampton had not seen the footage between the time it was shot and the time he was interviewed by police.
"He found the footage quite disgusting himself," Mr Wong said.
"He is ashamed of his actions but has no explanation for them."
The court heard drugs or alcohol were not involved.
|A young Tasmanian man has avoided time in jail after pleading guilty to torturing and killing possums.|
Jason Stephen Hampton, 20, had previously pleaded guilty to 14 charges of animal cruelty.
Hampton hunted and tortured five possums between October and November 2009.
Magistrate Tim Hill told the court, Hampton was an active and excited participant in the torture and derived a sadistic thrill from it.
Hampton, who is from Deloraine, has been given a two-month suspended prison sentence and 98 hours of community service.
He has also been banned from owning any animals for five years.
|Source: abc.net.au - Jul 27, 2011|
Update posted on Jul 26, 2011 - 10:56PM