An off-duty cop who was filmed stoning.a wombat to.death while laughing is a community liaison police officer who has been working closely with indigenous people for ten years.
Disturbing footage emerged on Thursday showing Waylon Johncock repeatedly throwing rocks at the wombat’s.head on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
Johncock, who was off-duty at the time, was seen chasing after the helpless wombat wearing nothing but his shoes and shorts.
Local rescue group, Wombat Awareness Organisation, posted the sickening footage to their Facebook page after it was sent to them on Wednesday night.
‘Heartbroken… this is tragic,’ the post read.
‘I am tired of reporting such cruelty for it to be ignored…This has to stop!’
Johncock has been in the South Australian Police Force for ten years working as one of the state’s 36 Community Liaison Officers.
He is now a Senior Community Constable based out of a remote community, SBS reported earlier this year.
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Johncock’s time in the force has been spent helping non-Indigenous officers understand cultural and social issues within the community in order to bridge the gap.
At the time, he said a critical part of his job was to assist in communications between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal people.
‘There is a huge gap in the English and Pitjantjatjara language,’ he said.
‘Because I have a basic grasp of the Pitjantjatjara language, I’m able to assist my mainstream member who I’m working with to communicate.’
Johnock briefly played in the SANFL for Glenelg, but was a star player in country leagues around South Australia.
He won the league best and fairest awards in the Port Lincoln league in 2005 and the Far Western Football League in 2008, and kicked the winning goal after the siren in a grand final for Noarlunga in the Southern Football League in 2014.
South Australia Police said they were aware of the social media video ‘depicting an incident involving a man inflicting injuries upon a wombat’.
‘At this time SAPOL can confirm they are taking the situation very seriously and are closely examining the video,’ the spokesperson said.
‘An inquiry is being undertaken into this matter to first formally identify the man; and then take appropriate action as required.’
The video shows the wombat waddling along the road as two men in a car follow, before the Johncock steps out of the car wearing only shorts and shoes.
He starts chasing the animal before the man behind the wheel tells him to ‘get up close’.
Johncock is seen picking up a large rock and viciously.throws it at the wombat’s head as both men laugh.
The wombat starts running in an attempt to get away from the men before they both chase after him.
‘You’ve got him, you’ve got him, hit him, hit him,’ the man in the car can be heard saying as Johncock picks up another rock.
As the man behind the wheel speeds up to keep the headlights shining on him, Johncock gives a final blow causing it to topple over.
‘Yeah! You did it!’ the man in the car says.
‘First man I’ve ever seen kill a wombat on foot, bro.’
The Wombat Awareness Organisation has since created a petition to get justice for the killed animal.
‘This is allowed under the Native Title Act and accepted as traditional hunting however this contradicts Part 3 section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act,’ the petition reads.
‘We are asking for all native animals to be protected under the Animal Welfare Act and for this perpetrator to be prosecuted.’