#TheList Port Talbot men Kieran Jason Bunce, born 6 May 2000, of Traethmelyn, Sandfields SA12 7TJ, Leon Solskjaer Rowlands, born 23 October 1999, of Morrison Road, Sandfields and Marcus Lee Thomas, born c. 1989, of Morrison Road, Sandfields – fed a dog glass and beat him during a burglary
Reverend Philip Owen was out celebrating his 70th birthday when “opportunistic” burglars Kieran Bunce, Leon Solskjaer Rowlands and Marcus Thomas targeted his house.
Rev Owen described how the burglars had taken glass from the window they had smashed to get in and put it in meat they had got from the fridge.
They then gave it to Rev Owen’s dog Rusty, as well as beating him on the back legs and ribs.
Luckily, a vet later found Rusty had not ingested any glass and he has now made a full recovery.
The three men were sentenced at Swansea Crown Court for breaking and entering, burglary and theft.
Bunce and Thomas admitted the charges and got two years and eight months and four years and six months.
Rowlands was found guilty after trial and given 18 months.
“It was a big day but it was absolutely ruined,” Rev Owen said, referring to his birthday.
“My grandchildren came down and were traumatised with the mess that was here and the state their grandmother was in.
“The dog was badly beaten. It was terrible.”
Judge Geraint Thomas called Thomas a “career criminal” and said the defendants could show remorse by telling the victim where the stolen jewellery was.
He asked “what Fagin-type character” they had passed it on to, but they refused to answer.
Sentencing: all three were given a custodial sentence for the burglary offence. None of them were prosecuted for animal cruelty so no bans were imposed.