Waylon Johncock was out with his friend when he repeatedly pelted stones at a wombat and killed it before laughing maniacally.
Disturbing video of an off-duty police officer laughing and pelting stones at a terrified wombat leading to its death has now emerged. The footage captured on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula shows Waylon Johncock repeatedly throwing stones at a wombat's head while his friend egged him on from the sidelines.
Condemning this heartless act of violence, local rescue group Wombat Awareness Organization shared the video on their Facebook page and captioned it: Healthy wombat stoned to death by off duty police officer. I am tired of reporting such cruelty for it to be ignored. If this gets your support, something may be done. Please share, this is not entertainment. This has to stop!
In the video, Johncock and his friend are seen following a wombat along a dusty road in their car. Eventually, the off-duty officer leaves the vehicle and starts chasing the helpless animal on foot while his friends and driver of the car keeps the headlights shining on the creature and asks him to "get up close."
Soon the shirtless officer picks up a large rock and aim's at the wombat's head before laughing uncontrollably. As the scared creature is seen attempting to escape, the officer's friend is then heard saying: "You’ve got him, you’ve got him, hit him, hit him, kill him."
After throwing a couple of stones, the shirtless attacker kills the animal with a fatal stroke. "Yeah! You did it!" exclaimed his friend as Johncock kills the animal. "First man I've ever seen kill a wombat on foot, bro."
Johncock, who has been on the South Australian Police Force for 10 years, is now being investigated for his heinous act, reports Metro. According to Daily Mail, the Senior Community Constable based out of a remote community has been assisting non-Indigenous officers to understand the social and cultural issues prevalent within the community in order to bridge the gap between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal people.
Speaking to the outlet, South Australian Police said they were aware of the video "depicting an incident involving a man inflicting injuries upon a wombat."
A spokesman for the department added, "At this time SAPOL can confirm they are taking the situation very seriously and are closely examining the video. An inquiry is being undertaken into this matter to first formally identify the man; and then take appropriate action as required."
Surprisingly, stoning and killing a wombat is not considered illegal under Australian law. In fact, it's allowed and is accepted as a traditional hunting method under the Native Title Act.
However, the Wombat Awareness Organisation has now created a petition to get justice for the animal who was heartlessly killed for fun. "We are asking for these perpetrators to be investigated under the Animal Welfare Act, and to ensure pre-existing laws are not exploited in cases of animal cruelty," reads the petition.