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North End, Portsmouth: Derek Jennings

#TheList football hooligan Derek Jennings, born c. 1967, of Laburnum Grove, Portsmouth PO2 0EU – punched a police horse on the nose then swung at her two more times

Derek Jennings outside court

Jennings pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder after attacking police horse Luna before a local derby football match on 24 September 2019.

The court heard a police commander had noticed Jennings becoming aggressive towards officers and rival fans during the build-up to the match.

The officer riding Luna headed towards Jennings, who clenched his first and punched the horse on the nose. The mare shied away from the attack, but Jennings swung at Luna twice more before he attempted to run away. He was quickly arrested, however, and taken into custody

Luna was uninjured in the attack and able to remain on duty.

Derek Jennings police mugshot

DCI John McGonigle of Hampshire Constabulary said: “For a grown man to act in this way was deplorable, especially against an animal, who was simply there to help protect people who wanted to enjoy the game and get home safely. We hope this sentence sends a clear message that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour or any disorder at any public event. Action will be taken and those responsible will be investigated.”

“We’d like to thank the public for the outpouring of support we received for Luna, it was very much appreciated,” he said.

Sentencing: 20 months in prison. Six-year football banning order.

Horse & Hound

Cardonald, Glasgow: Kevin Maguire

#TheList notorious sectarian thug Kevin ‘Magwa’ Maguire, born 12/06/1982, of Muirdrum Avenue, Cardonald, Glasgow G52 3AP – punched three police horses during a football riot

Notorious sectarian thug Kevin Maguire attacked three police horses during a football riot
Notorious sectarian thug Kevin Maguire attacked three police horses during a pre-match riot

Celtic fan Kevin Maguire, who owns Casey’s Cafe in Elderpark Street, Govan, Glasgow, was part of a mob that attacked police officers and their horses ahead of a Scottish Cup tie against Airdrie.

The father-of-four, who goes by the nickname ‘Magwa’ and has previous convictions for football-related violence, claimed during his trial that he was an innocent bystander.

Police horse Oban was punched by football hooligan Kevin Maguire
Police horse Oban was punched by football hooligan Kevin Maguire

But Sheriff John McCormick told him: “You were in fact one of the ringleaders of this mob.”

Police officer Sergeant Mark Stewart attended the match and he described the violence as the “worst riot” he had ever seen.

“When I got there, Airdrie fans were being blocked from getting into the ground by Celtic fans,” he said.

“There were families trying to get in and bricks and missiles getting flung as well as spitting and throwing lit cigarettes.

“It was very aggressive and this was the worst riot I had ever seen.”

Notorious football hooligan and sectarian thug Kevin Maguire
Maguire’s lawyer pleaded with the court not to jail his client due to his family responsibilities but that argument cut no ice with Sheriff John McCormick who sent him straight to prison

The officer told the court that Maguire was “directing others” during the violent incident and said he saw him attack the three police horses outside the ground.

He added: “I asked him to move and he punched my horse Oban on the muzzle which caused him to react.

“It was a full-blown punch and he also punched police horse Glasgow on the face.”

Police horse Nerston was punched by football hooligan Kevin Maguire
Nerston was also attacked by Maguire

Sgt Stewart said another police horse Nerston was also punched later on.

Maguire was described as a “prime mover” in the violence orchestrated against police.

Lawyer Michael McKeown, representing Maguire, unsuccessfully urged the sheriff not to jail his client.

Mr McKeown said: “He has got significant family responsibility. He is looking after his young baby and three other children.

“He works as an engineer and earns £600 a week. That employment is still open to him. He also has a business interest in a cafe.”

The court heard that Maguire told social workers who compiled a report on him that he was on ‘an alcohol binge and had no memory of the offence.

Notorious football hooligan and sectarian thug Kevin Maguire

The court had heard that Maguire was previously banned from every football ground in the UK.

He was also out on bail at the time of the police horse attack in January 2019.

Maguire was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to police horses Nerston, Oban and Glasgow, assaulting two police officers and acting in a threatening and abusive manner.

Sentencing: 10 months in prison. Banned from every football ground in the UK for a further five years.

Daily Record
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Maidstone, Kent: Jimmy Price, Samuel Powell and Danny Price

#TheList Maidstone gypsies and serial animal abusers Jimmy Price, born c. 1994, of Forstal Farm, Well Street, Loose ME15 0QE, Samuel ‘Johnny’ Powell, born c. 1985, of Wheat Gratten Stableyards, Forstal Road, Lenham ME17 2BF, Danny Price, born c. 1990, of Victoria Stables, Victoria Court, East Farleigh ME15 0BW

Serial abusers from Maidstone, Kent, UK Samuel Powell (left) and career criminal Jimmy Price were both jailed for animal cruelty.
Serial animal abusers Samuel Powell (left) and Jimmy Price were both jailed for their latest acts of cruelty.

Jimmy Price and Samuel Powell were sent to prison after the former was filmed repeatedly stabbing a deer and the latter had put an eight-month-old foal to work. Price was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a horse and two dogs.

Qualified jockey Danny Price left a horse to starve to death but was let off with a community order and not banned from keeping animals.

Jimmy Price’s brother, Danny Price – a qualified jockey – admitted letting a horse starve to death and received a community order.

Jimmy Price's brother Danny was convicted after his bay horse was found dead next to a hay bale during the RSPCA raid in March 2019. He had starved to death
Jimmy Price’s brother Danny was convicted after his bay horse was found dead next to a hay bale during the RSPCA raid in March 2019. He had starved to death

A video played to the court showed Jimmy Price’s dogs, Scout and Tramp, untethered and unfed at the father-of-two’s home address in Forstal Farm, Loose.

Convicted animal abuser Jimmy Price from Maidstone, Kent, UK
Jimmy Price, who has previous convictions for violence and dishonesty, is a father of two

A voice in the video was heard to say: “If they run away good luck to them, I tell you what you’re the wickedest fella I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Jimmy Price, who has a history of violence, was previously convicted in December 2019 after repeatedly stabbing a deer. He was also caught hare coursing.

Still from the horrifying video in which Jimmy Price stabs a deer repeatedly while being goaded by three unknown accomplices

Rowan Morton, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said today: “It’s very difficult to even explain the gravity of what the video shows.

“There are a group of four males that can be seen with a deer. Jimmy Price is seen stabbing the deer multiple times in the throat while others shout at him to stab it.

“It’s very graphic and upsetting, there was no doubt that animal was caused significant pain and suffering.”

Convicted animal abuser Jimmy Price from Maidstone, Kent, UK, with partner Chanelle Treeby
Jimmy Price with partner Chanelle Treeby

Price, who was already serving a suspended sentence for theft offences, has previously been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs.

Persistent criminal Jimmy Price was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs and a horse
Persistent criminal Jimmy Price was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs and a horse

When Tramp and Scout were taken into the RSPCA’s care and fed properly, they gained 25% bodyweight and 45% bodyweight respectively within seven weeks.

Convicted animal abuser Jimmy Price from Maidstone, Kent, UK
Jimmy Price was previously convicted of hare coursing

Price’s dogs and the horse, which belonged to his late father, were seized during an RSPCA raid on Forstal Farm in March 2019.

Horse trader Samuel Powell had three horses seized during the same raid, having had a mare and her foal seized two months prior.

Convicted animal abuser Samuel Powell from Maidstone, Kent, UK
Samuel Powell

Four of the horses were found to be emaciated. One was suffering with diarrhoea and the foal had breathing problems, fleas and was described as “very thin”.

A Shetland Pony was found with a cut across the nose.

Powell accepted each of the horses was his own, but said they were in that condition as he was rehabilitating them.

He told the court: “I will buy horses that have not been treated properly. When I get them I feed them, look after them and rehabilitate them. Then I sell them for profit.

“I like to think I sometimes save lives when I buy horses.”

When asked where he buys his horses, Powell said: “I don’t want to go into too much detail as I’m from the gypsy community.”

In 2019 Powell was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a foal which was seen walking up and down at Appleby Horse Fair pulling a cart with people in.

On Friday 10/01/2020 Powell was found guilty of four counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and a fifth charge of failing to ensure the welfare of an animal. The five charges relate to the five horses seized from Forstal Farm.

Danny Price admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a bay horse. In return charges of causing suffering to a bay mare, a black mare and a piebald mare, were dropped.

Convicted animal abuser and qualified jockey Danny Price from Maidstone
Horse killer Daniel Price

The bay horse was found dead next to a hay bale during the RSPCA raid in March 2019. He had starved to death.

Magistrates heard the 29-year-old had stopped looking after the horse as he was in the process of selling it, and thought it was the new owner’s responsibility.

Sentencing:
Jimmy Price – jailed for seven and a half months of which half will be spent in custody. Ordered to pay £5,115 in costs and charges. Five-year order banning him from keeping dogs.

Samuel Powell – jailed for 26 weeks and will serve half of that sentence. Ordered to pay total of £5,115. Banned from owning horses for five years but can appeal after just one year.

Danny Price – 12-month community order; 150 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £1,585.

Kent Online

Knotty Ash, Liverpool: Ronald Wheeler

#TheList donkey ride operator Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Wheeler, born c. 1977, of Haydn Road, Liverpool L14 – let his horse die slowly and painfully from poisoning

Donkey ride operator Ronald Wheeler's horse Oscar had to be euthanised after being poisoned by ragwort.
Cruel and irresponsible: Ronald Wheeler’s horse Oscar had to be euthanised after being poisoned by ragwort.

Ronnie Wheeler admitted three charges of animal neglect at Liverpool Magistrates Court.

Wheeler left his horse Oscar grazing in a field in Fazakerley which contained the poisonous weed ragwort – which is deadly to horses – despite being warned by Liverpool council to remove it.

The RSPCA were called to the field on August 6, 2018, after receiving reports from members of the public who were concerned about the horse’s welfare.

When inspector Joanne MacDonald arrived at the scene with a veterinary surgeon they could see the horse was staggering around and collapsing.

They realised he was blind, was struggling to stand and was unable to swallow.

Ronald Wheeler with father Eric Wheeler of Thomas Lane, Liverpool L14 who also faced horse cruelty charges. The outcome of the case against him is currently unknown.
Ronald Wheeler with father Eric Wheeler of Thomas Lane, Liverpool L14 who also faced horse cruelty charges. The outcome of the case against him is currently unknown.

The vet decided Oscar needed to be put to sleep to end his suffering and a post-mortem examination confirmed he had been poisoned by ragwort after being exposed to it for many weeks or even months.

The vet also described Oscar as having a low body score for his physical condition, and also revealed a significant worm burden.

Horse abuser Ronald Wheeler from Liverpool, UK, operates a donkey hire business
The Wheelers operate a donkey ride business called Waterfront Carriages and Donkey Hire

The court heard two months before, on June 15, the council had sent a letter to Wheeler urging him to remove the weed which in some places had grown to three feet tall.

Inspector MacDonald said: “It was an awful case to deal with as poor Oscar was clearly suffering. He was collapsing and the ragwort had caused his blindness which meant he was walking into things and was clearly in a distressed state.

“To make matters worse Wheeler had been told previously to remove the ragwort by the council but he had failed to do this.

“Responsible horse owners should know ragwort is damaging to the horse’s liver when eaten. The toxic effect builds up over time, causing irreparable damage.”

Sentencing: jailed for 12 weeks; ordered to pay £786 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping equines for 10 years.

Liverpool Echo

Winterbourne, Gloucestershire: Connie Mullane

#TheList Connie Mullane, born 16/08/1993, of Northwood Park Travellers Site, Old Gloucester Road, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1RZ – caught on CCTV battering a helpless pony with a plank of wood

Gypsy travellers Connie Mullane from Winterbourne, near Bristol was caught on CCTV attacking a pony with a plank of wood
Vicious Connie Mullane was filmed beating a helpless pony

Gypsy traveller Connie Mullane, who was previously given an ASBO alongside brother Edward Mullane for fly-grazing offences, admitted carrying out a vicious attack on a pony.

A CCTV camera captured the moment Mullane repeatedly smashed a piece of wood into the face, head and body of a pony.

Injured and terrified, the pony rears up in fright, but was attached to a racing trap and cannot escape as Mullane returned to rain blows down on her.

“This is an absolutely horrific case of animal cruelty,” said RSPCA Inspector Miranda Albinson.

“There is never an excuse to treat an animal in this way.

“CCTV footage clearly shows Connie Mullane hitting the poor horse in the face with a piece of wood in an incident which would have caused pain and left the horse terrified,” she added.

Mullane, 24, admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a pony on May 20 this year by inflicting blunt force trauma and physical violence, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Sentencing: 24 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. Ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay a total of £615 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping equine animals for life.

BristolLive