#TheList Dean Williams, born 15/03/1980. of 13 Clos Y Ffynnon, Pontprennau, Cardiff CF23 8HW – hurled a small French bulldog to the floor from above his head before punching her several times.
Construction worker Dean Williams, whose long list of previous convictions includes rape as well as dishonesty, violence and motoring matters, threw the French bulldog, named Koda, to the ground and punched her in the head before being chased down by a witness on a busy Cardiff street.
Cardiff Magistrates Court heard how 39-year-old Williams was later found lying on the ground trying to entice the “cowering” dog from underneath a car after she had ran off in the early hours of May 4, 2019.
Williams claimed Koda “jumped out” of his arms but magistrates said his version of events was not “credible in any way” and found him guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The court heard that the three witnesses all saw Williams pick up the dog and throw her to the ground near Richmond Road.
Two of the witnesses were students Sarah Bill and Emily Johnson returning home in a taxi after a night out.
Giving evidence to the court, Ms Johnson said: “I looked behind me out of the window and saw him pick it up above his head and throw her to the floor.”
She told the court she believed Williams used two hands and had picked up the dog holding two of her legs.
Ms Bill told the court she only saw Williams throw the dog when it was “about a foot” off the ground, after Ms Johnson called out.
Ms Bill then left the taxi they were travelling in to chase after Williams and the dog, to “try and get it off him because in my opinion he was inflicting pain”.
With the dog under Williams’ arm, Ms Bill said she followed them down Richmond Road and onto Gordon Road.
Ms Bill said she also saw Williams punch the dog in the head “more than three times”.
After chasing Williams, Ms Bill realised she was alone so ran back “hysterical” and calling for someone to call the police.
At this point Uber Driver Chris Inchley stopped to speak to the women after also witnessing Williams throw the dog.
At first Mr Inchley thought Williams was chasing after the dog because she was lost, but he told the court: “[Then] he picked the dog up above his head and threw it to the floor with force.”
He said he was “shocked” and that the dog “yelped”.
Mr Inchley added: “He was punching the dog to the head about four or five times. It was hard, it was very hard.”
The Uber driver then picked up the two women and they returned to Gordon Road where they found Williams laying on the floor looking for the dog.
Ms Johnson said: “When we came down we saw [Williams] lying on the floor looking under the car with a French bulldog cowering underneath. The dog was clearly in fear of this man. When the police came the dog came out.”
Police arrested Williams at the scene, and later interviewed him where he replied “no comment” to each question.
One of the officers, PC Southey, was at one point visibly upset as she gave evidence on Thursday. PC Southey described blood around the mouth of the dog and that it calmed down once Williams had been put in the police car.
A vet report found the dog had some minor injuries, including a small hemorrhage on her eye and a lesion above her eye.
Luis Williamson, defending, questioned if Ms Ball’s and Ms Johnson’s consumption of alcohol on their night out had impaired their judgement, which they both denied, and said there were inconsistencies in the evidence by the three civilian witnesses.
Mr Williamson added that the injuries of the dog were caused previously through “puppy play”.
Giving evidence, Williams said: “She jumped out of my hand and I tried to grabbing her because it was a busy road. She jumped out and I picked her back up. I’m an animal lover myself, I have had her since she was a pup. She was a family pet.”
He added that the dog was under the car only because of the number of people on the street, and denied hurting the dog or remembering interacting with Ms Ball.
In their verdict chair of the bench Martin Dennett said: “We have listened to the evidence we have heard today and while there maybe some inconsistencies, the underlying facts and descriptions are clearly articulated.
“We can clearly see there are facial injuries. We felt it suffered abuse at the hands of [Williams]. We are satisfied an attack took place and substantial in nature. We do not find your version of events credible in any way.”
Williams had pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing after being charged with one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
On Wednesday 17 July 2019 Williams appeared in court for sentencing.
The court heard Williams was alcohol-dependent and had consumed around four to five pints of lager on the day of the incident but “was not drunk”.
A report by the probation service said Williams was on anti-depressants and he told them he drinks “as much as I can get my hands on”.
Koda was rehomed with witness Sarah Bill and renamed Lola.
Sentencing: eight weeks in custody suspended for 12 months. Ordered to carry out 20 rehabilitation activity days. Total of £735 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for three years, which was suspended for four weeks to allow his other animals to be rehomed.