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Dog Killer Avoids Jail

Pleads guilty to stabbing Luna the lab

Dog Killer Avoids Jail

Animal lovers have chased and screamed at a man, who admitted stabbing 4-year-old Luna the pet labrador at a northern suburbs park last month.

A Perth magistrate today handed 37-year-old Jayde Paul Rowan a suspended jail term after he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

Rowan admitted fatally stabbing Luna with a pocket knife at Apple Blossom Polyantha Reserve in Mirrabooka on May 17, before fleeing the scene.

His lawyer Michael Tudori said Rowan reacted to a perceived threat to his own 7-month-old staffy, but he overreacted.

"He is an absolute animal lover," Mr Tudori said.

Chief Magistrate Steven Heath sentenced Rowan to 7 months jail, suspended for 9 months.

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The case sparked community outrage, as people rallied around Luna's owner Bridgette and left tributes at the park where the pet died.

Outside court this morning protestors holding signs swarmed Rowan, hurling abuse and yelling out "murderer" as he walked down the street.


Written by: @conradical89

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