Bolton, Greater manchester: Christopher Woodall

#TheList Christopher Woodall, born c. 1976, of Ainsworth Lane, Bolton BL2 – pummelled a cat to death while high on butane gas

Christopher Woodall was “off his face” when he launched a brutal attack on helpless rescue cat Skittles (pictured)

Christopher Woodall was seen emerging from behind a shed in Whalley Range dressed in blood-soaked pyjama bottoms in the early hours of the morning.

Three-year-old rescue cat Skittles was found dead nearby – her collar wrapped around her back legs and a penny on the top of her bloodstained head.

Woodall was seen staggering around inhaling from a butane gas canister. A witness describing him as being ‘off his face’.

He was arrested and went on to plead guilty to causing the cat unnecessary suffering.

Woodall claimed at an earlier hearing that Skittles had attacked him. Raj Chopra, defending, said there was little to say in his client’s defence, although he had expressed remorse .

While District Judge David Clarke acknowledged that this was a serious case of animal cruelty, he let Woodall off with a suspended prison sentence.

Speaking after the hearing, Skittles’ owner said Woodall should have been locked up.

She said: “He killed an innocent cat. I understand there are financial issues with putting people in prison, but I think he should spend time in jail.”

Sentencing: 10-week suspended custodial sentence. £50 compensation to the cat’s owner plus £80 victim surcharge.

Manchester Evening News

St Helens, Merseyside: Nathan Smith

#TheList Nathan John Smith, born 15 November 1985, of 77 Hall Street, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1EJ – viciously beat his pet dog to death, wrapped his corpse like a mummy and buried him in a field.

Nathan Smith, who carried out repeated savage attacks on defenceless Staffy, Winston (pictured).
Nathan Smith carried out repeated savage attacks on defenceless Staffy, Winston

Nathan Smith admitted inflicting unnecessary suffering on his four-year-old black and white Staffordshire bull terrier, Winston – which ultimately led to the dog’s death.

Smith inflicted repeated violent attacks against Winston between August and September 2012, leaving him with several broken ribs, massive hemorrhaging, a bleeding liver and a brain injury so severe that the animal contracted meningitis. This proved fatal.

Dog killer Nathan Smith from St Helens, Merseyside

The cruelty was uncovered by Smith’s former partner Demi Partington. She was shown Winston’s body, which was in the living room, wrapped in a peculiar way, in a sheet, bin bags and with tape across his muzzle and body. Smith told her that the dog had died after falling downstairs and into a bucket of bleach.

Smith claimed he then tried to wash the dog down before putting him “out of his misery”.

Ms Partington was sceptical of Smith’s explanation and later led the RSPCA to a nearby recreation area where Smith had buried the dog. Winston’s body was exhumed and taken away for a post-mortem, which showed an appalling catalogue of injuries.

Dog killer Nathan Smith from St Helens, Merseyside
Despite the horrific violence involved, Smith walked away from court with a suspended prison sentence.

Despite the severity of the cruelty Smith had inflicted on a defenceless animal, he avoided a custodial sentence on the grounds that he had “anger management issues” that would not be properly addressed in prison.

Sentence: 24 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, 300 hours’ unpaid work, £1,000 in costs. Lifetime ban on keeping animals,

St Helens Star