Worksop, Nottinghamshire: Thomas Marvell and Mell Gibson

#TheList badger baiters Thomas Marvell, born c. 1987, of 41 Vicars Walk, Worksop S80 2HJ and Mell Gibson, born c. 1991, of 48 Shrewsbury Road, Worksop S80 2TU

Badger baiters Thomas Marvell and Mel Gibson from Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Thomas Marvell (left) and Mell Gibson

Career criminals Thomas Marvell and Mell Gibson were prosecuted by the RSPCA following the charity’s ongoing investigation into crimes against badgers.

Warrants were carried out in March 2012 at addresses linked to Marvell. A brown terrier called Milo and various pieces of suspected hunting paraphernalia were seized from his home.

Three dogs were discovered at Mell Gibson’s home, including one called Smudge who had an untreated septic hole in the side of his face.

The pair were prosecuted by the RSPCA following the its ongoing investigations into crimes against badgers.

Chief superintendent Barry Fryer, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said: “Our investigations into organised animal crime and deliberate animal cruelty are always ongoing. Every day our inspectors are following up more leads.”

“Both Marvell and Gibson are prime examples of what fate is likely to fall on those who think they can get away with turning a blind eye to the law and inflicting terrible suffering on both wildlife and domestic animals.”

“Our officers are constantly digging further into the cruel and murky world of animal crime. Anyone who thinks they are getting away with it might soon find themselves getting a knock on the door from the RSPCA.”

Inspector Steve Cartwright said these prosecutions should send out a message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.

“We are very lucky in Worksop to live in a rural district boasting some beautiful natural attractions. These locations are home to an array of flora and fauna and they should be treated with respect and consideration,” he said.

“While wildlife and pets may not be able to speak of the pain they suffer at the hands of people, stringent mechanisms are in place to try to protect them. We work very closely with our partner agencies, such as the RSPCA, to bring individuals like Thomas Marvell and Mel Gibson to justice, and in turn send out a clear message that such cruel behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Sentencing:
Marvell – 10 weeks in custody for killing a badger, and six weeks for possession, to run consecutively. He was also banned from keeping dogs for 10 years (expires September 2022).

Gibson – 12-month conditional discharge; £150 costs. Banned from keeping dogs for five years (expired 2017).

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND UPDATES:
In April 2015 Thomas Marvell was jailed for 16 years for armed robbery.

In October 2012 Mell Gibson, whose other convictions include motoring offences, was sentenced to 42 months in prison after being caught in possession of a large quantity crack cocaine.

Plumstead/Thamesmead, London: Stacey Lockhurst and Paul Brunsden

#TheList Stacey Louise Lockhurst, born 14/12/1984, of 218 Elmley Street, Plumstead, London SE18 7NL, but with strong links to the Erith area and also Dartford, and Paul James Brunsden, born 09/06/1987 of Fieldfare Road, Thamesmead, London SE28 8HR and with links to Hornchurch and Erith – left a German shepherd dog to starve to death in a crate.

Dog killers Stacey Lockhurst and Paul Brunsden from South-East London

Stacey Lockhurst and partner Paul Brunsden kept the dog, named Jack, in a squalid cage at Lockhurst’s old home in Forest Road, Erith, where he starved to death in an inch of his own excrement. When RSPCA inspectors found the cage, it was teeming with flies and maggots and littered with plastic bags and a takeaway food carton.

Jack’s water bowl was full of excrement, as was his mouth.

Dog killer Stacey Lockhurst

Lifting Jack out of his container, the RSPCA inspector could clearly feel his spine from the underside of his body and described him as “the thinnest dog she had ever seen”.

A cat and two kittens were also seized from conditions described as “likely to cause suffering”

Dog killer Paul Brunsden

RSPCA Inspector Alison Fletcher said: “It is heartbreaking that this poor dog lived and then died in the squalor of this cage,
hungry, thirsty and alone. This kind of cruelty is simply horrendous and anyone looking at the photo of this dog can see the suffering.”

Sentence:
Lockhurst – 20-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, banned from ever keeping animals again.
Brunsden – jailed for 20 weeks and banned for life from keeping any kind of animal.

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Update: on 31 January 2017 the News Shopper reported that the body of an emaciated dog that had been starved to death had been found dumped in a bin bag in Charlton, South-East London.

The male brindle-and-white Staffy, thought to be about a year old, was discovered by a dog walker in Fairlawn Garages in Cherry Orchard Estate.

The Cherry Orchard Estate is just under three miles from Elmley Street, Plumstead, where Stacey Lockhurst has lived since late 2016 (address still current as at March 2020).

In February 2017, a man alleged in an animal welfare group that the dog had belonged to Lockhurst and she had been seen dumping the body.

Dog killer Stacey Lockhurst

Although this information was passed on to the RSPCA, no one has been prosecuted in relation to the dog’s death.

Warsop, Nottinghamshire: David Pogmore

#TheList David James Pogmore, born 21/12/1991, of Meden Street, Warsop, Mansfield NG20 – launched a sadistic and unprovoked attack on a springer spaniel

Dog abuser David James Pogmore and his victim Ruby

Magistrates heard that feral savage Pogmore pushed an umbrella into the dog’s throat, stabbed it into the back of her head,and pinned her to the floor with a walking stick.

The dog, known as Ruby suffered a swollen bloodshot eye, bruising and a cut to her head and bleeding at the back of her throat.

In addition to a four-month prison sentence, Pogmore was disqualified from keeping animals for 15 years.

Pogmore’s lawyer conceded her client had “anger management issues” and said he accepted he had “gone way over the top” in his attack on a defenceless animal. No shit, Sherlock?

Dog abuser David James Pogmore

Skinny-arsed Pogmore’s propensity to temper tantrums was very much in evidence during his appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show on Wednesday 9 November 2016.

He was apparently on the show to hear the results of a paternity test following an unfortunate fumble with a sexually incontinent halfwit. Imagine then Pogmore’s horror when Jezzer announced his conviction for dog cruelty to several million viewers.

The brute with all the charm of a week-old turd flexed his puny little chest as he looked ready to punch Kyle’s lights out especially when the latter called him “a horrible little man”. Security were, as ever, on hand to prevent a brawl and Pogmore eventually stomped off the show like a giant toddler.

I’m no fan of Jeremy Kyle, but his exposure of a convicted animal abuser, whose photo didn’t even appear in the newspapers at the time, was a job very well done.

David James Pogmore of Warsop, a worthy addition to the #WallofShame.

Sentencing: four months in jail. Banned from keeping animals for 15 years (expires 2027).

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The above article was originally published on the Pet Abuse UK Facebook page.