Blackpool: Robert John Payne

#TheList former Keighley Bradford councillor Robert John Payne, born 14/02/1975,  most recently of 23 Northumberland Avenue, Blackpool FY2 9SA – killed four kittens by swinging them and smashing them into walls

Psychopath: Former councillor Robert John Payne, who subjected four kittens to a brutal sadistic attack.
Psychopath: Former councillor Robert John Payne, who subjected four kittens to a brutal sadistic attack.

Robert Payne  swung the four-month-old cats round his house in Keighley, West Yorkshire, broke their skulls and most of their limbs, and decapitated two of them.

The cowardly former councillor for the Keighley West Ward of Bradford Council then kept three of the poor creatures in his freezer while their blood was spread round his house and their remains strewn across his living room.

Payne flew into a drunken rage and attacked the four kittens he had bought off the internet. He then ‘picked up one of the cats by its stomach and used it as a battering ram’ and ‘smashed its head against something’.

Police were eventually called to his house after a neighbour reported hearing banging and the sound of a cat screaming.

Officers were confronted by the horrific scene of dismembered animal parts scattered over the house, along with blood on the walls at shoulder height from where he had swung the injured kittens around the room.

Stephen Wood, prosecuting, told the court: ‘The police went inside and they were met with what the prosecution submit was an appalling scene, with fragments of dismembered parts of animals over the house, together with a substantial quantity of blood.’

The barrister said the pattern of blood on the walls suggested a ‘profusely’ bleeding cat had been swung around the room.

He said officers also found fragments of bone, an eyeball and part of a jaw with the tongue still attached on the living room floor.

Three of the kittens were found in a freezer and the fourth was found decapitated upstairs. Its head was never found.

The skulls of the other cats had all been crushed and nearly every limb had been fractured.

Mr Wood said: ‘Prior to their deaths, these kittens had been subjected to unimaginable cruelty.

‘The blood was contorted around the entirety of the room in a circular fashion, at shoulder height.’

Payne told police he was not ‘100%’ sure what had happened but said it was ‘more than likely’ he had killed them.

Judge Robert Bartfield rejected Payne’s claim that he couldn’t remember the attack taking place and labelled him a ‘coward’.

Sentencing Payne, Judge Bartfield said: ‘For some reason, you decided to take your frustrations out on these innocent creatures who looked to you for their care.

‘You had killed three of them in circumstances which for them can only have been in the most unimaginable terror.

‘Each of them was swung round the room deliberately, no doubt as to cause the maximum distress, and all of them had their skulls broken.’

Judge Bartfield continued: ‘The police and RSPCA were greeted by the most horrific scene, with the living room spread about with the remains of these unfortunate creatures.’

The judge said people feeling ‘revulsion’ at the case would wonder why Payne was not being sent to prison for years.

But he said he was bound by sentencing guidelines, which state a maximum prison term of six months for such an offence.

Bespectacled Payne stood in the dock with his hands clasped in front of him and showed no expression as he was jailed.

Sentence: jailed for five months and banned from keeping animals for life.

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Gabalfa, Cardiff: Matthew Blagbrough

#TheList Matthew Blagbrough of 177 Mynachdy Road, Cardiff CF14 3HL – repeatedly punched a young puppy in the face to reprimand her

Puppy abuser Matthew Blagbrough from Cardiff

On 28 November 2011 Matthew Blagbrough was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the 12-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier, known as Molly.

Eyewitnesses, which included friends of Blagbrough, told the court they had seen Blagbrough grab Molly, who belonged to Blagbrough’s girlfriend, by the scruff of the neck and punch her repeatedly with his clenched right fist. The witnesses challenged him. The dog then broke loose and Blagbrough chased her up an alleyway.

Molly's injuries included facial swelling
Young Staffy Molly suffered a catalogue of injuries at the hands of violent Matthew Blagbrough

The court was told that the dog was taken to a vet the following day by the RSPCA and was found to be suffering facial swelling and bloodshoot eyes.

The vet said: “It didn’t look like the sort of injury caused by a routine trip or a puppyhood accident. It is my opinion that the injuries were consistent with this animal having been punched.”

Puppy abuser Matthew Blagbrough from Cardiff pictured outside court in November 2011

Blagbrough denied punching the pup, saying: ““She was a 12-week-old puppy – why would I want to attack her?”

He claimed that the dog’s injuries were caused when he slipped and fell on top of her as he was chasing her.

The court did not accept Blagbrough’s version of events and found him guilty of causing unnecessary suffering.

Sentence: six-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. 200 hours’ unpaid work; costs of £1,200; banned from keeping any animal for just two years (ban expired 2013).

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Torquay, Devon: Gina Robins

#TheList Gina Marie Robins, born 16/09/1980 of 29 Collaton Road, Torquay TQ2 7HH – microwaved a neighbour’s kitten to death in revenge for her boyfriend being reported to police

Kitten killer Gina Robins

Gina Robins shut the 10-week-old kitten in the microwave oven and switched it on. The kitten’s owner, Robins’ neighbour Sarah Knutton, heard a loud popping sound like an exploding bag of crisps before a ‘horrendous screeching noise’.

Miss Knutton went into the kitchen and found the black and white kitten dead in the microwave.

She said: ‘I was in a state of shock. Gina stared at me. She didn’t say anything. She just stared at me.’

The next day Robins sent Miss Knutton a text which read: ‘Remember the saying “what goes around comes around?” It has started already to bite you in the ****. The cat? Karma.’

Robins had denied a charge of causing unnecessary suffering. She claimed the kitten jumped up onto a worktop and other cats started fighting and shut the kitten in the microwave which then started up.

But prosecutor Iain O’Donnell, for the RSPCA, said it was ‘implausible’ the kitten had crawled into the oven and another cat had knocked the door shut, activating the appliance.

Vet Robert Cameron said the ‘kitten would have suffered prior to death’. He said its claws and ears – where there was no fur – were both reddened and its claws were clenched in fear. A post-mortem examination concluded that the kitten died from microwave radiation and there were ‘no other potential causes of death’.

Robins was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to the kitten and sent to prison for 168 days.

Magistrates noted her complete lack of remorse as they sentenced her.

Sentencing: 168 days in jail. Banned from keeping animals for 10 years (expires December 2021).

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Stourbridge, West Midlands: Kirsty Sanson

#TheList Kirsty Amanda Sanson, born 26/07/1991, most recently (2019) of 44 Oldford Walk, Stourbridge DY13 0DP – left a dog to starve to death in shed

Evil dog killer Kirsty Sanson, now Kirsty Woods, of Stourbridge, West Midlands
Evil dog killer Kirsty Sanson, now Woods, of Stourbridge, West Midlands

Sanson, who now goes by the name Kirsty Woods after finding some poor sod to marry her, was prosecuted after the emaciated body of a dead dog was found in a small shed just feet away from the kitchen of the property in which she was staying

Evil dog killer Kirsty Sanson, now Kirsty Woods, of Stourbridge, West Midlands

She initially denied the charges, claiming she did not know the dog – a female Staffy named Paddy who did not belong to Sanson – was locked in the shed. The case was set to proceed to trial until Sanson changed her plea to guilty.

Sentence: community order, fines, two-year ban on keeping animals (expired December 2013).

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