THE Sydney financier Brendan Francis McMahon is destined to spend at least the next year in protective custody. Even prisoners and guards are outraged at the cruelty of the "rabbit man".
Brendan McMahon taunted.
Photo: Nick MoirTHE Sydney financier Brendan Francis McMahon is destined to spend at least the next year in protective custody. Even prisoners and guards are outraged at the cruelty of the "rabbit man".
McMahon, 37, of Tamarama, was sentenced yesterday to 16 months' jail with a 12-month non-parole period, after a magistrate found him guilty of aggravated cruelty for torturing, apparently sexually interfering with and killing 17 rabbits and one guinea pig in July and August last year.
In a case that the prosecution and defence said highlighted the danger of illegal drug use, the court heard that McMahon was in a self-induced psychotic state at the time. The magistrate, Ian Barnett, rejected submissions by McMahon's barrister, Douglas Marr, that his client should be dealt with under mental illness provisions. He said the law in NSW did not allow McMahon to take advantage of his self-intoxication from cannabis and a $3750-a-month methamphetamine "ice" habit."There is community outrage at this matter and someone should not be allowed to commit such offences of aggravated cruelty upon animals and then say, 'Well, I was using ice at the time. I have been taking cannabis for most of my life'," Mr Barnett said. A message needed to be sent in what was one of the "worst-case scenarios of aggravated cruelty to animals".
Mr Marr said that during the six weeks his client had spent in custody at the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre he had been threatened, segregated and "taunt[ed] not only from prisoners but those working there". "His reputation, his business life, if not extinguished, has been placed in almost irreversible jeopardy," he said.
After the hearing, the RSPCA's chief inspector, David O'Shannessy, said the sentence, the longest in recent memory for animal cruelty, was welcomed: "The result sends a strong message to the community that regardless of the species of animal, such vicious attacks against defenceless animals are unacceptable and will not be tolerated."
Rabbit mutilator jailed
Jailed ... Brendan Francis McMahon.
Photo: Peter Rae
A Sydney financier has been jailed for 16 months for "the worst case" of aggravated cruelty against animals.
Brendan Francis McMahon, 37, of Tamarama, will have to spend at least 12 months in jail for his torture, mutilation, and alleged sexual offences against 17 rabbits and a guinea pig.
The magistrate, Ian Barnett, said a strong message should be sent to the community