#TheList Richard Thomas Davies, born 15/12/1983, of 62 Cae Mawr, Llandudno LL30 2EW – flung a kitten around by her tail before hurling her into a pond and letting her drown
Thomas admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at a pond near an adventure playground in Rhyl.
Prosecutor James Neary told the court that a young girl saw the kitten in the water.
“She immediately took off her coat and went in the pond to save the kitten’s life,” he said.
“The defendant grabbed her by both arms and he was laughing and said ‘you will not have a kitten ever again’.”
Children pulled the kitten from the water and tried in vain to save it.
“The defendant seemed to find the whole situation amusing. He had a smug look on his face,” Mr Neary said.
The kitten had been promised to a girl who had already chosen a name for the pet and when seen by the police she was very upset, the prosecutor added.
Court chairman Brian Cossey told Davies: ”This was very horrific and callous. We are appalled by what we have heard. You probably traumatised a very young vulnerable person.
“We have considered an immediate prison sentence but we have stepped back.”
A probation officer said Davies felt “sick” about his behaviour, having made no attempt to save the kitten. He was on state benefit.
Defence solicitor Dafydd Roberts said: ”This was a particularly mean offence. He’s gutted about what happened that day. It was in drink. The defendant has been blighted by alcoholism.”
However, he was now “very different” from the man who committed the unpleasant offence in August , the lawyer added.
Sentence: 12-week suspended jail term; alcohol treatment and rehabilitation; £50 compensation and £735 costs; banned from keeping an animal for five years (expires February 2022).