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Cruelty to cats

Caerphilly: Joel Joshua White

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.

Kitten killer and sadistic bully Joel Joshua White, who now runs a photography business in Senghenydd, Caerphilly with wife Sinead White.
Kitten killer and sadistic bully Joel Joshua White, who now runs a photography business in Senghenydd, Caerphilly with wife Sinead White.

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).

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Clarkston, Glasgow: Anthony John Docherty

#TheList serial cat killer Anthony John Docherty (DoB 31/12/1985) of 4 Woodburn Avenue, Glasgow G76 7TZ

Serial cat killer Anthony John Docherty of Clarkston, Glasgow
Serial cat killer Anthony John Docherty of Clarkston, Glasgow

In January 2009 Docherty tortured, mutilated and killed several cats, which he had stolen from houses in his neighbourhood of Clarkston, E Renfrewshire.

He is known to have killed three cats. All were decapitated, two were scalped, and one had its tail pulled off.

Three cat skulls were also found in his garden.

Dozens of pets had gone missing in the area and many cat owners feared their pets had fallen into evil Docherty’s hands.

The court heard psychiatric reports that Docherty’s behaviour could escalate towards humans.

He was banned from owning, keeping or taking charge of animals indefinitely.

In 2010 Docherty had his jaw broken in an apparent revenge attack. He was walking along the road when he was jumped and battered by two strangers — before a well-meaning passing motorist regrettably stopped to help him.

Sentence: jailed for 8 months; indefinite ban on keeping animals

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Tenby, Pembrokeshire: Rio Hall

#TheList serial pet abuser Rio Daryle Hall, born 29/07/1987, formerly of Milford Haven, and more recently  of Heywood Court, Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 8BP – tortured an eight-week-old kitten to death

Pure evil: serial pet abuser Rio Hall from Tenby, Pembrokeshire, subjected an 8wo kitten to unimaginable torture. He had previously broken a dog's hind legs by kicking him.
Pure evil: serial pet abuser Rio Hall from Tenby, Pembrokeshire, subjected an 8wo kitten to unimaginable torture. He had previously broken a dog’s hind legs by kicking him.

Hall was banned from keeping animals for life after subjecting an eight-week-old kitten named Angel to a sadistic ordeal. He began by wetting her and placing her on a hot radiator, causing her skin to blister.  He then kicked Angel so hard that she fractured her skull. Finally he mutilated the tiny kitten’s ears with scissors.

Hall’s partner and mother of his two children, Caroline Thies, took the stricken cat to the vet who discovered she had fractures to her skull and legs. Angel had to be euthanised to end her appalling suffering.

The vet said the only way the kitten could have received the injuries was by human action, either kicking, stomping or throwing her.

Hall had previously been banned from keeping dogs and cats in 2006, after kicking his dog Benji and breaking his back legs.

Thies, who as at 2018 is still with Hall, received a six-month conditional discharge and was banned from keeping cats or dogs for ten years after pleading guilty to failing to prevent unnecessary suffering to an animal.

As at September 2018 Hall is believed to be living in homeless accommodation in Pembroke. It seems his dopey wife has finally seen the light and chucked the evil get out.

Jailed for six months. For his earlier attack on Benji, Hall  had been given a 10-year ban on keeping animals. Following his conviction for cruelty towards Angel the ban was extended to life.   

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Stoke-on-Trent: Craig Chapman, Theraza Smallwood, Christine Besford and Sarah-Jayne Cook

#TheList producers of pornographic animal torture videos: Craig John Chapman, born 03/02/1975, of Cresswell Road, Hilderstone, Stone ST15 8RF, Theraza Smallwood, born 10/10/1980, of Parkhead Drive, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 6EW, Christine Louise Besford (now Christine Miller), born 02/05/1976, of Doulton Court, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 7QY and Sarah-Jayne Cook, born 1980, and from Stoke-on-Trent (now Sarah-Jayne Porter of Alvechurch, Birmingham).

Producers of animal crush videos Theraza Smallwood and Craig Chapman from Stoke-in-Trent, UK
Producers of animal crush videos Theraza Smallwood and Craig Chapman

In the only case of its kind to ever be prosecuted in the UK courts Craig Chapman, Christine Besford, Sarah-Jayne Cook and Theraza Smallwood all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to publish obscene material after making videos of small animals being tortured and killed for the sexual gratification of paying customers, which included London publican Brian Patrick McCann. More on him later.

Star of animal snuff movies Theraza Smallwood from Stoke on Trent
Theraza Smallwood pictured in 2019

The animals tortured to death by the gang over a period of around a year included mice, rats, guinea pigs and a kitten.

Christine Besford pictured around 2017

All four also admitted separate charges relating to the cruelty and torture of small animals.

2019 image of Theraza Smallwood

Peter Cooper, prosecuting, told Stoke on Trent Crown Court how Chapman had told someone he met over the internet that he could supply videos depicting scenes of animal torture.

Craig Chapman, Managing Director of the Dulogis Group, and ringleader of a vile gang of animal torturers
Ringleader Craig Chapman

Describing the horrific scenes on the tape Mr Cooper said: “Throughout the film there are scenes of small animals being stamped on with high heeled shoes.

“There is another scene of an overtly sexual nature involving Chapman and a mouse taped to a wooden board.”

The footage also included a scene in which an eight-week-old kitten was glued to the floor and killed by a woman (identified as Christine Besford) with her stiletto heels.

A still image from the sick footage in which Christine Besford is shown crushing an eight-week-old kitten to death

An extract from the book Animal Spy: Animal Welfare Behind Enemy Lines by ex RSPCA undercover agent Terry Spamer, who investigated this case, expands on the horrific scenes shown on Chapman’s videos:

“The man behind the camera [Chapman] tells the girl [Besford] to stand on the kitten’s head. She did this, but not very well and her heel fell onto the kitten’s neck.

The kitten yelled in its incomparable distress……
the man behind the camera laughed”.

A former business associate of Chapman told us this (obviously treat as allegations for the time being):

Chapman had been going on a fetish chat room and putting it out there that he could make ‘custom made’ videos of animals being tortured to death and these bastards were e-mailing him with their fantasies and he along with the 3 other scumbags would get to work buying mice and guinea pigs from Pets at Home and other animals from a local yellow paper.

There was a scene in the seized video where Chapman lies on the floor naked with a plank of wood across him with a hole drilled in it for his privates to poke through, and a girl crushes a live mouse on it then smears its entrails on Chapman’s bits. Sick beyond belief.

They resin glued a 12 week old tabby kitten to a piece of wood and then tortured it to death. Chapman can be heard complaining on the tape “Oh no, there’s only 15 mins left on the tape, I was hoping to make a THIRTY MINUTE show of this…”

It turned out that Chapman had been using his secretarial recruitment agency to see if any pretty applicants were particularly hard up for money and were potential “video stars” for his grotty enterprise.

We also received the following contribution from a Facebook user with a long-standing interest in the case:

Chapter Four [of Terry Spamer’s book] – simply titled “Look Away Now” is all about how Chapman was caught. What a harrowing read. Just reading the description of the first scene – where they’ve gaffer taped mice to the clutch of a car was enough to give me a mild panic attack.

Safe to say that by the time we get to the part where Chapman has RESIN GLUED the tabby kitten’s right hind leg to the piece of hardboard, I was in tears.

The terrified kitten has tried to escape clockwise, anti clockwise and almost a full circle in its desperate attempts to escape, breaking its own leg in the process.

Chapman tells the “star” (Besford) to stand on the kitten’s head. She does but her foot slips off and crushes its spine. At this point Chapman LAUGHS.

Even after the kitten is dead, Besford, at Chapman’s request, stabs her high heel at the kitten’s head until it rolls completely off.

The guinea pig is hung by picture cord, being lifted off the floor by Smallwood before Chapman tells her not to do it so hard or else she’d strangle it and the video would end too early, as they need to torture the poor creature for as long as possible for more money.

She stabs it through its ribcage with her high heels then after 15 mins of this, she breaks its spine by standing on it full weight as it tries to run away mortally wounded.

That’s the running theme here – Chapman giving the “stars” the instructions on how to hurt the animals in the worst ways possible to achieve the most pain for the longest time for more money.

He tells the “star” at the beginning not to brake as hard, as he wants the mouse to last longer.

For his “friend” to testify that he was only motivated by money back then in order to do this , then consider the fact that he LAUGHS at the kittens’ agony when it yells in pain.

That to me sounds like enjoyment.

What people are not realising is that there weren’t just three scenes on the tape, there was TWENTY. TWENTY scenes of terrified animals being slaughtered under Craig John Chapman’s instruction in order for him to make money.
He was selling clips for £200 a time so do the math.
Apparently demand for new tapes was so great that he couldn’t keep up .
Beyond sick.
Beyond depraved.

Craig Chapman, Managing Director of the Dulogis Group, and ringleader of a vile gang of animal torturers

Chapman paid Besford, Cook and Smallwood between £100 and £700 each for taking part in the torture.

Sarah-Jayne Cook
Sarah-Jayne Cook in a photograph taken in 2016

The defendants got the mice and guinea pigs from a pet store and the kitten had been bought from an advert in a local newspaper.

An RSPCA report, read out in court, said the animals all died from multiple internal injuries caused by the torture and they had all suffered immense cruelty before they died.

Sentencing: Chapman was jailed for two years for conspiracy to publish the video and four months for cruelty to animals. Besford, Cook and Smallwood were each jailed for four months. All four were banned from keeping animals for life.


The Customer: Brian McCann

In November 2002 father-of-four Brian Patrick McCann, born 24/03/1955, then the owner of Rosie McCann’s bar in York Road, Islington, London, was jailed for his role in producing the twisted videos.

Sexual deviant Brian McCann, now of Ryde, Isle of Wight, ordered an animal crush video from Craig Chapman
Sexual deviant Brian McCann specifically requested that the gang torture a kitten

In November 2002 McCann, who left the London pub trade to move to Ryde on the Isle of Wight with his partner pleaded guilty to conspiring to publish obscene material. He faced no animal cruelty charges.

A police search of McCann’s computer revealed 40 files of “squish” or “crush” movies in which small animals such as kittens, guinea pigs, mice and even fish and earthworms were squashed to death, usually by a woman in high heels and wearing a short skirt.

Animal  crush fetishist Brian Patrick McCann from Ryde,  Isle of Wight
Publican Brian Patrick McCann now lives on the Isle of Wight

McCann commissioned the video after contacting Chapman via a website specialising in such films.

McCann ordered the video over the internet and asked specifically for footage of a kitten being killed to be included.

Judge Nicholas Medowar QC said McCann had directly contributed to the production of at least one of the films, ordering specific scenes to be inserted to satisfy his own desires.

He said McCann had offered “excuses more than explanations” and appeared to be in denial about the gravity of what he had done, and imposed a jail term to be effective immediately.

RSPCA inspector Mr Simon Osborne, who witnessed scenes from the movies, said they were the most sickening he had seen in his six years as an animal protection officer.

“What was very distressing for me was not only watching these animals being trodden on … but it was the sounds of the animals screaming in pain, in obvious terrible agony,” he said.

Mr Osborne said the society was disappointed a tougher sentence had not been imposed and that animal cruelty had been dropped from the charge list.

Sentencing: jailed for nine months.



2019 updates:

Craig John Chapman is managing director of transport company Dulogis Group Ltd (known as UK Sameday before its rebranding in late 2018 – we hear he might be putting that into reverse now).

An article published in a trade magazine and the local paper told how Chapman started the business in 2003 after he was released from jail “left an office job” and built it up from one man with a van to a nationwide company.

Chapman was named Entrepeneur of the Year at the Stoke Sentinel Business Awards in March 2019 – quite astonishing when a simple Google search lays bare the grim details of his murky past (the case made all of the main online news sites, is mentioned in a Wikipedia entry on crush fetishes and even featured in a Channel 5 documentary on extreme porn).

Craig Chapman
Craig Chapman

Chapman lives in a large house in Stone with his partner and their toddler son.

Theraza Smallwood tortured a guinea pig to death on camera under the direction of Craig Chapman
Theraza Smallwood tortured a guinea pig to death on camera under the direction of Craig Chapman

Theraza Smallwood, who is shown on the video torturing a guinea pig, has three older children, all with different surnames, and is currently dating someone around half her age. We contacted Smallwood who told us she hadn’t spoken with Chapman for 17 years (strange that since they are first cousins and she even worked for him a while last year).

Theraza Smallwood

She couldn’t or wouldn’t identify Chapman from the photo we sent her. She told us that her participation in animal snuff videos was “a very long time ago and I’d like to keep it in the past”.

Christine Louise Besford now goes by her married name Miller. She runs a barber’s in Endon Road, Stoke.

Sarah-Jayne Cook
Sarah-Jayne Cook

Sarah-Jayne Cook is recently married and she and her husband have a young son. She goes by her married name Porter and lives in Alvechurch in Bromsgrove, Birmingham.

Crawley, West Sussex: Nadine Marie Trewin

#TheList Nadine Marie Trewin, born 29/08/1969, currently (2018) of Forge Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1QR – cooked her pet cat in a microwave oven after she was bitten on the leg by a flea

Mother-of-two Nadine Marie Trewer of Crawley microwaved a cat to death while drunk
Mother-of-two Nadine Marie Trewer of Crawley microwaved a cat to death while drunk

Mother-of-two Trewin had changed her plea and admitted cruelty during a trial at Horsham magistrates’ court in June 2001.

The court heard that Trewin had drunk seven cans of lager and two bottles of wine when the offence was committed.

She told the court that she had become angry when a flea from the 6yo tabby, who was called Sasha, bit her on the leg.

She said the cat jumped into the microwave before the door accidentally slammed shut, activating the oven.

She said the cat had cooked for less than a minute, but then the animal failed to move so she tipped her out of the oven from the kitchen window.

She later buried Sasha in the back garden.

Two days later Trewin told her friend Stacey Passmore that she had killed the cat.  Miss Passmore was so upset she decided to contact the RSPCA, which prosecuted Trewin.

The court was told that Trewin been suffering from depression and had been prescribed Prozac when the incident occurred.

Trewin’s lawyer said his client “didn’t intend to deliberately harm the cat” and read out a statement from her in which she described herself as having “strong feelings of love for animals”.

As Trewin left the court, animal rights protesters shouted: “Cat killer.”

The RSPCA, which brought the case to court, condemned Trewin’s five-year ban as “far too lenient”.

RSPCA spokeswoman Claire Kennet said: “We feel she should have received a lifetime ban because the act was deliberate.”

Two-year community rehabilitation order. Banned from keeping animals for five years.

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