Mid-Wales: badger baiters Simon Evans and Peter William McGuigan

#TheList Simon Evans, born ca. 1967, of Pencader, Carmarthenshire, and Peter William McGuigan, born May 1970 of Moelhedog Isaf, Pontsian, Llandysul SA44 4UB – caught badger-baiting with dogs

Badger baiters Simon Evans (left) and Peter William McGuigan from Pencader and Llandysul respectively
Badger baiters Simon Evans (left) and Peter William McGuigan

Evans and McGuigan went equipped with dogs, nets and tracking devices to hunt badgers in October 2006.

A nearby landowner heard a commotion and called police.

When officers arrived a limp badger was found in the mouth of a lurcher dog belonging to them and a metre-deep hole had been dug close to a badger sett.

It was claimed the men had flushed out a badger and then watched for sport as their dogs fought it.

The pair were found guilty of four out of five charges brought by the RSPCA.

Sentencing the duo, district judge Mark Layton said the matters were so serious only a custodial sentence was justified.

He said the only explanation as to why they had gone badger baiting at woodland near Boncath, Pembrokeshire, on 14 October 2006 was “for some sort of enjoyment”.

But he said how anyone could enjoy such “sickening and appalling acts of cruelty” was “quite incomprehensible”.

Sentencing: six-month suspended jail sentence;  240 hours of community work. £4000 each in costs. Banned from keeping dogs for seven years (expired April 2015).

BBC News