#TheList Paul Patton, born c. 1975, of 26 Morfa View, Rhyl LL18 5TT – kicked a pet cat to death after she scratched him
In what was described in court as “a deliberate and gratuitous use of unlawful force” Patton booted the cat, named Brody, three times. She ran off and when Patton found her she had already died of her injuries.
A full investigation was carried out by the RSPCA and a postmortem examination was held.
Patton initially pleaded not guilty but later admitted the cruelty charge against him.
Patton will now face a hearing by his professional body to establish whether he’s fit to continue working as a nurse.
Sentencing: 10-week custodial sentence suspended for two years; £3,500 costs to the RSPCA with a £115 surcharge. Banned from keeping animals for ten years.