#TheList serial wildlife killer Benjamin ‘Benny‘ Murray, born c. 1984, of Leslie in Fife – killed a cat and bit a dog during domestic violence incidents
Murray attacked women and family pets during a catalogue of violent crime.
He throttled former partners and bit one of them as well as biting a dog and fatally injuring a cat.
A judge told Murray: “You pled guilty to a series of violent offences against humans and indeed animals.”
John Morris QC said at the High Court in Edinburgh that from reports prepared on the offender “it is absolutely clear you pose a continuing risk to members of the public”.
The judge ordered that Murray should be kept under supervision for a further two years.
He was given a concurrent five-month jail term for crimes against animals and the judge said: “You will be banned from owning or looking after animals for a period of 10 years.”
Murray had pets of various kinds and he admitted ill-treating dogs and causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
In 2014 Murray and his accomplice, sex offender and serial animal killer Brandon Robb of Paterson Cottages, Leslie, Fife, stole 30 baby ducks from a farm, before Robb posted a picture of some of the ducklings, by then killed, on his page on the social networking site.
On another occasion Robb was convicted of using his lurcher dog to kill a rare piebald deer.
Sentence: four years in jail including five months for crimes against animals. Banned from owning or looking after animals for 10 years (expires February 2026).