#TheList former soldier Lee Michael (aka Lee Khair and as at 2019 using the name Neo Lee Allen), born 27/01/1981, of 1 Lower Thingwall Lane, Wirral CH61 1AZ – a convicted child killer who went on to kill a cat and to break a puppy’s jaw
In September 2015 Lee Michael was jailed over violent attacks on two animals: a black and tan female pug puppy called Babs and a grey male cat called Larry.
The RSPCA found Babs huddled in the corner of a kennel withdrawn and shaking, her eye and face extremely swollen.
X-rays revealed that a piece of jaw the size of a five-pence piece was missing and there was a suspected fracture to her skull.
Police took the pup and placed her into the RSPCA’s care. She underwent surgery to screw her jaw back together, even though it was feared at first that she would never be able to eat again.
Michael had claimed the dog had been injured after he swiped her from the bed in his sleep. But a vet’s report said the injuries were far more serious than would have been caused by falling from a bed.
The court heard the former soldier and personal trainer had pulled the cat, Larry, from his hiding place behind the fridge by his tail, causing him to soil himself.
He then turned the shower on the cat, who died two days later. Larry’s body was never found.
Sentencing Michael, the district judge told him that he was “one of the most dangerous men in relation to animals I’ve ever come across.”
RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said the case involved “stomach-churning” cruelty.
“I feel we have only revealed the tip of the iceberg of events and we will never know exactly what poor Larry the cat went through in its ordeal and final moments,” he said.
“However, I am proud that we have managed to save the puppy – now called Ruby, who is now getting the love, care and attention she deserves in a new home.“
Following his animal cruelty conviction, it was revealed that Michael, then known as Lee Khair, had been sentenced to seven years in prison for killing his two-year-old son, Ryan Franklin-Khair, in 2002.
Winchester Crown Court heard the child had a brain injury and bruises all over his body while under the care of Michael at his then girlfriend Catherine Franklin’s house in Dorset.
He told police he awoke at 5.30am to find Ryan at the bottom of a flight of stairs, and put him in the recovery position and tried to revive him.
The youngster was taken to Southampton General Hospital but never regained consciousness and died days later.
The trial heard Michael, who was stationed at Worthy Down Barracks in Winchester, told paramedics and hospital staff his son had fallen down a flight of stairs.
But he was jailed after a jury found him guilty at trial, and served three years of his sentence.
Sentencing: jailed for 24 weeks. 12 months’ probation after his release from prison. £2,424 costs. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.
Ryan’s Law FB group: campaign group set up by the bereaved family of little Ryan Franklin-Khair.
2019 update: we believe that Lee Michael is working as a self-employed pilates instructor somewhere in London. He trades under the name ‘Matrix Fitness’. More info to follow as soon as we get it.