#TheList badger baiters Barry Shane Scott, born 12/07/1988, of 35 Norman Crescent, Sunnyfields, Doncaster DN5 8RX, Daniel Paul Davey, born 16/08/1990, of 27 Manor Court, Denaby, Doncaster DN12 4LT, and Liam Smith, born 15/12/1990, of 33 Denaby Avenue, Conisbrough, Doncaster DN12 3NL
Barry Scott, Liam Smith and Daniel Davey admitted interfering with a badger sett in the Whitwell area and causing unnecessary suffering to a dog on 30 November 2011.
The court heard that the trio had gone equipped with spades and tracking equipment to locate a badger. A terrier-type dog suffered severe injuries to her face when she was forced to enter a badger sett.
The men pleaded guilty on the basis that the offences resulted from reckless behaviour. The RSPCA, which prosecuted the case, believed there was deliberate intent and a mini-trial was held to decide what exactly happened.
Deputy District Judge Goodman said all three had lied about their intentions at the mini-trial in which Davey came across as ‘the prime mover.’ Smith was a willing participant while Scott allowed himself to be led by them.
Sentencing: Davey and Smith were given a 20-week custodial sentence. Scott was handed a 16-week jail term, suspended for a year. He was also ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work, with £250 costs. All three were banned from keeping animals for an indefinite period. Six dogs were seized.