The 20-year-old farmhand accused of mowing down a mob of emus says he’s prepared to go to jail for his actions.
Jacob MacDonald, who lives and works in Cowangie, a small town near the South Australian and Victorian border, claims he was behind the wheel and mowed down the mob of emus.
“It was a mistake it was a silly idea. It’s not funny anymore, it was at the time,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The biggest stuff up of my life. I’m not proud of it.”
The video, which showed a man running over emus with a vehicle was shared thousands of times online. The RSPCA and police later tracked down Mr MacDonald.
Police will allege Mr MacDonald was driving at speeds of up to 120km/h when he committed the offence, just minutes away from the farm where he works.
Mr MacDonald has been charged with a string of offences including aggravated cruelty to animals and is facing jail time.
“If that’s what I get, that’s what I get,” Mr MacDonald said.
The young man said the video was only meant to be for his mates.
“Yeah, someone’s obviously not as good of a mate as I thought,” Mr MacDonald said.
Mr MacDonald claims it was the biggest mistake of his life and he can now see that it wasn’t funny.
While he deleted his social media accounts, Mr MacDonald has been scolded by his parents, including his police officer mother.
Mr MacDonald says his parents told him, “That I’m a dumb**”.
He will front a Victorian court in November.