Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire: Russell Winstone

#TheList Russell ‘Rus’ Winstone, born 5/11/1979, of Church Road, Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 – launched two separate violent attacks on a Staffy named Bella; thew her across a room and slammed a door on her.

Violent dog abuser Russell Winstone
Violent dog abuser Russell Winstone and his victim Bella

Winstone, a footballer with local side Hailey FC, admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The court heard how he had been looking after Bella for his cousin during two incidents of violence.On each incident Bella suffered blunt force trauma causing injuries to her skull as well as an oral hematoma and a number of lacerations.

The court viewed footage in which Winstone hurled Bella across the room in a rage. He later slammed a door into her.Winstone was arrested after the incident and told police, the court heard, that he had thrown the dog across the room because he was angry that she had weed on his sofa.

Winstone explained that he had shut the door on the animal because he was ‘frustrated’, the court heard.

Magistrates heard a written report from the national probation service who interviewed Winstone ahead of the sentencing which claimed he had shown ‘no remorse’ at what he had done.

Sentence: 200 hours of unpaid work within the community; 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement; total costs and charges of £285. Banned from keeping any animal for 10 years (expires August 2028).

Oxford Mail