Kitts Green, Birmingham: Stacey Ravenall

#TheList Stacey Ravenall, born 25/04/1991,  as at October 2018 living at Flat 6, 132 Clopton Road, Kitts Green, Birmingham B33 0RL – hurled a kitten to her death from the 11th floor of a tower block

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

After hitting the ground,  the four-month-old cat, named Cuwella, continued to suffer for about 15 minutes before she died from internal bleeding.

Magistrates told Stacey Ravenall that, although what she had done was serious enough to pass the custody threshold, they accepted it had been an “impulsive act”.

Ravenall, who at the time was living in Yardley, admitted a charge of animal cruelty.

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

Nick Sutton, prosecuting, said the black and white cat belonged to friend Laura Edwards who had lived for several months with the defendant in Giles House, Stechford.

In the summer of 2010 Miss Edwards went to stay with her parents in Redditch, Ravenall agreeing to look after Cuwella while she was away.

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

Mr Sutton said Miss Edwards had rung up each day and spoke to Ravenall about the cat who said she had been “playing up”, but nothing more serious than that.

On June 22, Miss Edwards met up with Ravenall in Birmingham and they later returned to the Giles House flat.

The cat owner told Ravenall she was considering taking Cuwella to a sanctuary because she was unable to keep her and she wanted her to have a better home.

Ravenall responded by hitting the animal and then throwing her into the hallway.

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

Both then went into the hall where Ravenall picked the cat up again and pushed past Miss Edwards, going into the living room.

In a statement Miss Edwards said: “It was meowing. She walked to the living room window with the cat and just dropped Cuwella straight out of the window.”

When she asked Ravenall why she had done that, the defendant replied: “You did not want it anyway.”

Mr Sutton said the cat was later found dead by a wall.

Aftab Zahoor, defending, said Ravenall, who at the time had one child and was three months pregnant (she’s now a mother of three), had come from a broken home and spent her early years in care.

“She finds it difficult to cope with life and as a result has turned to alcohol to ease the pressure of life.

“She is disgusted with herself and her actions.”

Cat killer Stacey Ravenall from Birmingham

He said she still suffered nightmares about what she had done and that at the time her judgment had been impaired.

The RSPCA said it was a sad case to have to investigate and welcomed the ten-year ban on keeping animals.

Insp Rob Hartley said: “This was cruel and callous behaviour towards a defenceless animal.

“Her only excuse may have been that she was under the influence of alcohol – that’s no excuse whatsoever.

“The cat undoubtedly suffered a painful and traumatic death unnecessarily.”

Four months in custody suspended for two years; 30 hours’ unpaid work, £200 costs. Disqualified from keeping any animal for ten years (expires January 2021).


Tonypandy, South Wales: Christian Latcham

#TheList wildlife persecutor Christian Latcham, born c. 1987, of Morton Terrace, Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF40 2DP

Serial persecutor of badgers, foxes  and deer Christian Latcham of Tonypandy, South Wales
Barbaric Christian Latcham set his dogs on badgers, foxes and deer . He is shown here with regular digging mate Jamie Rush. Rush was exposed alongside Latcham in a 2018 BBC Wales documentary entitled ‘ The Secret World of Badger Baiters’

Blood sports enthusiast Latcham – a father of six – pleaded guilty to two charges under the Animal Welfare Act and six charges under the Badger Act.

Serial persecutor of badgers, foxes  and deer Christian Latcham of Tonypandy, South Wales
Latcham was told that his actions amounted to “unspeakable cruelty” but still avoided jail

The serial abuser was prosecuted after evidence of sickening cruelty towards badgers, foxes and deer were discovered on his mobile phone.

Prosecuting, Geraint Richards described to the court the disturbing pictures of a severed badger head, a photo of Latcham’s dogs savaging a badger and an image of a bloodstained Latcham holding up animal carcasses.

Serial persecutor of badgers, foxes  and deer Christian Latcham of Tonypandy, South Wales
Latcham with two of his six children

The court heard how, on being arrested in 2009 for a separate offence, Latcham had aroused officers’ suspicion as he hurried to conceal his mobile phone.

Serial persecutor of badgers, foxes  and deer Christian Latcham of Tonypandy, South Wales

When the police seized his phone they viewed images of the defendant holding up the carcasses of foxes, deer and badgers.

Clive Rees, defending, said the defendant lacked empathy and had limited social skills.

He said: “He has been unable to put himself in the place of the animals he was dealing with and to think and see through the things he was doing.”

Chairman of the bench Mike Hanley said: “These were deliberate and unprovoked actions which speak of unspeakable cruelty.”

Two dogs used to savage the badgers were taken away from Latcham.

RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said badger baiting had become a prevalent problem in South Wales.

He said: “Offending evidence in this type of case is rare, but this isn’t a one off.”

Sentencing: Five-month prison sentence, suspended for one year; 250 hours of unpaid work; £1,000 costs. Disqualified indefinitely from keeping dogs.

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2018 update: despite having been banned indefinitely from keeping dogs Christian Latcham featured in an episode of BBC Wales Investigates entitled ‘The Secret World of Badger Baiters’.

The episode, which you can watch on YouTube, showed that Latcham not only had dogs but was still actively engaged in badger baiting alongside Jamie Rush. Other associates include Tomas Young and Ryan Harrison, who were jailed for badger baiting in June 2019. Young’s cruelty included skinning a badger cub alive before feeding it to his dogs.