#TheList Liam Philip Stezaker, born 03/12/1991, last known address Warwick Walk, Hereford HR4 – strangled and kicked his girlfriend’s dog to death during a campaign of violence and abuse.
Liam Stezaker, who has a previous conviction for drink driving, subjected his girlfriend Sarah Griffiths to regular beatings with one attack resulting in her being hospitalised.
Then in September 2018 Stezaker attacked Sarah’s pet dog, Tilly, strangling her before stamping her to death and dumping her lifeless body in a bin.
Stezaker admitting causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, assault and coercive and controlling behaviour.
Prosecutor Giles Nelson said Stezaker already had a common assault conviction and was under a community order when he killed Tilly.
He said: ‘Considerable force was used to strangle the dog, causing severe suffering.
‘This was a gratuitous piece of violence against the dog.
‘It was not an accident.’
Judge James Tindal told Stezaker he was considered a ‘high risk’ by the probation service.
Sentencing: 12 months in jail for controlling and coercive behaviour, with two sentences of four months for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and actual bodily harm, plus 28 days for cannabis possession – all to run concurrently.