Bolsover, Derbyshire: James Hill and brother Thomas Hill

#TheList James David Robert Hill (DoB 22/07/1993) and younger brother Thomas Hill (DoB 25/07/1994) originally from Bolsover, Chesterfield – punched and kicked a blind and deaf dog to death.

Thomas and James Hill of Bolsover, Chesterfield
Bolsover dog killers Thomas and James Hill, who subjected an elderly deaf and blind mongrel to a terrifying ordeal, ending in his death from multiple injuries

The court heard that Thomas Hill, who as at July 2018 lives at 2 Hillcrest Close, Bolsover S44 6FJ and James Hill, formerly of the same address but now of 3 Spring Villas, Market Street, Ilkeston DE7 5RB, subjected elderly mongrel Tyson to a terrifying ordeal while they were high on the drug MCAT and drunk,

Magistrates heard James Hill used a poker to kill Tyson – after he was thrown across a room, and kicked and punched by the pair.

Prosecuting solicitor Rod Chapman said: “Thomas picked up Tyson and threw him across the room.

“As the dog was mid-air, James punched it. Witnesses said this was repeated a second time. James then kicked the dog.

“The witnesses said they were appalled but didn’t intervene because they feared the brothers would turn on them.”

John Wilford, mitigating, said James Hill – who arrived at court almost two hours late – admitted using a poker to kill the animal. A vet’s report concluded the dog died because of blunt trauma to his head.  He also suffered a broken jaw and a tooth was knocked out.

The brothers pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal  after originally pleading not guilty.

James Hill – who has 17 previous convictions – admitted criminal damage and arson and Thomas Hill – who has seven previous convictions – also admitted arson.

The brothers showed no remorse as they were each sentenced to 23 weeks in prison.

Sentence: 23 weeks in prison