Cop Who Stoned Wombat To Death Will Not Be Charged
An off-duty police officer who stoned a wombat to death in South Australia's west will not face charges.
Video of the incident earlier this year caused outrage as it showed the senior community constable following a wombat along a dirt road while throwing rocks at it as he is cheered on by a friend in a car.
Police have conducted an internal investigation and have taken advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions over the incident and say as an Aboriginal man the officer had the appropriate permit to hunt wombats for food.
Days after the video of the attack surfaced online, a well respected indigenous leader condemned the act as 'torture' not tradition.
The officer's actions sparked a national debate on what's culture and what's cruelty.
Ngarrindjeri Elder Major Sumner said at the time that it appeared that the wombat wasn't hunted in a traditional way.
"We didn't have a phone to take videos or photos, wasn't laughing, wasn't a joke," Sumner told 10 News First.
"You get a spear, a boomerang, whatever you use to hunt. You don't torture the animal, you kill it straight out for food."