Crawley, West Sussex: Nadine Marie Trewin

#TheList Nadine Marie Trewin, born 29/08/1969, currently (2018) of Forge Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1QR – cooked her pet cat in a microwave oven after she was bitten on the leg by a flea

Mother-of-two Nadine Marie Trewer of Crawley microwaved a cat to death while drunk
Mother-of-two Nadine Marie Trewer of Crawley microwaved a cat to death while drunk

Mother-of-two Trewin had changed her plea and admitted cruelty during a trial at Horsham magistrates’ court in June 2001.

The court heard that Trewin had drunk seven cans of lager and two bottles of wine when the offence was committed.

She told the court that she had become angry when a flea from the 6yo tabby, who was called Sasha, bit her on the leg.

She said the cat jumped into the microwave before the door accidentally slammed shut, activating the oven.

She said the cat had cooked for less than a minute, but then the animal failed to move so she tipped her out of the oven from the kitchen window.

She later buried Sasha in the back garden.

Two days later Trewin told her friend Stacey Passmore that she had killed the cat.  Miss Passmore was so upset she decided to contact the RSPCA, which prosecuted Trewin.

The court was told that Trewin been suffering from depression and had been prescribed Prozac when the incident occurred.

Trewin’s lawyer said his client “didn’t intend to deliberately harm the cat” and read out a statement from her in which she described herself as having “strong feelings of love for animals”.

As Trewin left the court, animal rights protesters shouted: “Cat killer.”

The RSPCA, which brought the case to court, condemned Trewin’s five-year ban as “far too lenient”.

RSPCA spokeswoman Claire Kennet said: “We feel she should have received a lifetime ban because the act was deliberate.”

Two-year community rehabilitation order. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

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UK-Wide Dogfighting ring: Kenneth Langan, Anthony Mullen, Jeremy Brown and Ryan Nuttall

#TheList dogfighting ring members with an unhealthy obsession for animal cruelty Kenneth Charles Langan, born 12/03/1968, of 277 Valley Road, Portslade, Brighton BN41 2TH, Jeremy Peter Brown, born 11/09/1954, of 4 Tennyson Street, Chesterfield S42 5TY, John Anthony Mullen, born 07/09/1957, of 8 Tarragon Gardens, Northfield, Birmingham B31 5HU and Ryan Nuttall, born c. 1971, of 129 Garden Terrace, Newstead Village, Nottingham NG15 0BX

2019 photo of Ryan Nuttall from Newstead Village, Nottingham

The men pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to animals, failing to provide veterinary care, and providing premises for dog-fighting.

Ryan Nuttall pleaded guilty to 11 charges, while Mullen, Langan and Brown denied some of the lesser charges which included being present at an illegal dog fight.

All four were caught after undercover journalists bought a pit bull terrier and tricked their way into the gang by pretending to be interested in their animal fighting

Sentencing the defendants, District Judge Peter Nuttall said: “To any right-thinking member of the public, dog-fighting, and everything which goes with it, is offensive.

“These were dogs which were used to fighting and they were bred for that.”

He added that a large amount of dog-fighting literature, equipment and cartoons depicting dog-fighting found at the defendants’ addresses showed “an unhealthy obsession” with the practice.

Langan, Nuttall and Brown were sentenced to four months in prison, while Mullen received a three-month custodial sentence.

Paul King, prosecuting, had told the court how seven pit bull-type dogs seized by the RSPCA had suffered hundreds of cuts, puncture wounds and injuries – none of which had been treated by a vet.

The dogfighting ring had conducted fights at two hidden pits at Chesterfield and Newstead in the Mansfield area of Nottinghamshire.

The outcome was hailed by the RSPCA, whose special operations unit had brought the prosecution, as a “fantastic result”.

Speaking after the case RSPCA Chief Inspector Mike Butcher said: “I think this sends a clear message to the public and to other dog-fighters that if they are caught they will go to prison.

“Dog-fighting is a bloody, cruel and brutal sport carried out by people with a perverse sense of pride in their animals.

“Three of the dogs taken in this case had deep scarring and wounds to the face and chest.

“This sentence is a fantastic result for everyone involved, and to have these men taken out of the picture really strikes a blow against animal abusers.”

But despite the victory the RSPCA are concerned that the full picture of dog-fighting in the UK – banned in 1835 – is unknown.

Mr Butcher said: “I have been working to beat these kinds of people for more than 15 years and it is getting harder and harder to catch them.”

Another spokesperson from the animal welfare organisation echoed his fears, saying the illicit nature of dog-fighting meant “most of the time it is very difficult to know where it is being carried out, and the extent of the problem is difficult to assess”.

Sentencing: custodial. All four men were banned from keeping animals for life.

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