Colchester, Essex: Neil Lewis

#TheList Neil Lewis, born c. 1942, of Flanders Field, Colchester CO2 8BX – drowned lodger’s pet cat after she knocked over a model aeroplane

Neil Lewis from Colchester took a dislike to his lodger's cat and drowned her in the River Colne.
Neil Lewis from Colchester took a dislike to his lodger’s cat and drowned her in the River Colne.

Lewis took a dislike to the animal who had been brought home by Alexander Hammond when he found her wandering at a railway station while a kitten.

The pensioner then came to hate the cat as she grew up.

Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard that Lewis became “fed up” with the cat after she knocked over his model aeroplane.

A passer-by later spotted him taking the creature in a pet carrier to the side of the River Colne, before submerging her into the murky waters.

Police were called and the cat was rushed to a vet, but there was nothing that could be done.

Lewis pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Sentence: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

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