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Teenage boys plead guilty to killing kangaroos


Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to deliberately killing kangaroos on the south coast last month.

The two 17-year-olds were arrested in early October after south coast police found 14 dead kangaroos and joeys in the Long Beach and Maloneys Beach areas, north of Batemans Bay, just after 7am on Saturday October 9.

The ABC reported Magistrate David Williams told the Batemans Bay Children's Court the incident was "horrendous" and the 17-year-olds deliberately drove their vehicles into the animals  "without any real rationale other than a brain explosion."

They each faced one count of recklessly beating and killing animals, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail.

But their lack of criminal history and remorse was considered.

The boys were ordered to participate in a youth justice conference as part of their sentence.

The sole surviving joey named Hope remains in the care of WIRES volunteers.

Mid South Coast WIRES chair Janelle Renes told East Coast Radio the Joey had a bit of anxiety, but was in good hands.

"She's going to be just fine," Ms Renes said. 

"She's with another kangaroo by the name of Hopper, so Hopper and Hope will hopefully live happily ever after." 

 Listen to our chat below with Mid South Coast WIRES chair Janelle Renes a day after the incident.

Image Credit: WIRES NSW