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Mandurah man claims he killed kangaroos as ‘part of culture’

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“We understand wildlife people are coming forward, and they’re upset about certain things; but you can go to any Aboriginal family and it’s the same thing, time and time again. This hasn’t just been going for two years with the court case, this has been going on for thousands of years, Aboriginal people catching kangaroo.

“When Australia was colonised by British people, we were then having to follow white people law, what about our culture? What about what we want?”

The man said his brother’s life had been “turned upside down” by the publicity surrounding the incident, which led to a magistrate placing a suppression order on his identity to protect him from being targeted.

During Tuesday’s hearing, the court heard the man used his dog to hunt and hold a kangaroo while he hit it with an unknown object.

Richelle Fish was one of the wildlife carers who attended the scene of the animals’ deaths on January 3 and February 23 last year.

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Outside court, she said she hoped the man got jail time.

“These poor kangaroos don’t have a voice; we have to be their voice,” she said.

“It was disgusting and it was horrific. We hope he gets what he deserves because everyone’s still reeling from it.”

The man will be sentenced next month.

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