Joel Joshua White (DoB 29/08/1989) currently of Graig Terrace, Senghenydd, Caerphilly CF83 4HN – tormented a 10wo kitten whom he eventually strangled to death.
In November 2008 White strangled a 10-week-old male kitten named Pepsi before putting his tiny body in a plastic bag in the freezer.
Aside from a penchant for animal cruelty White is by all accounts a nasty piece of work who used the much older woman with whom he was living – Pepsi’s owner – for money, food and shelter. There is a suggestion that he physically abused her.
The court heard that White was bisexual and that he enjoyed taunting the woman about his sexual exploits with men.
White had bought the kitten, along with two others, for the woman and it was just a few days later when the cruelty began.
Giving evidence from behind a screen, the woman told how White picked up Pepsi and threw him against a curtain. He then put the kitten into a lampshade “to see if he could do any tricks”. The animal fell down, seriously injured, and started to crawl across the floor. White picked Pepsi up once more and snapped his neck. He then wrapped him up in a pillow case and a plastic bag and put him in the freezer.
Despite the appalling cruelty he had inflicted on the tiny, defenceless animal, White received a pitifully short custodial sentence.
As at August 2018 White runs a photography business with wife Sinead. The latter is standing by her man despite being aware of his history of animal cruelty and psychological abuse.
Sentence: 16 weeks in a young offenders’ institution. Disqualified from owning or keeping an animal for 10 years (expires December 2019).