#TheList Darryn Carpenter, aged 37, Normandy Way, Plymouth PL5 – beat pet rabbit Lucky to death and dumped his broken body in a dustbin
Father-of-two Carpenter, who has a conviction for domestic violence, was found guilty in his absence of causing Lucky unnecessary suffering on or about December 8 , 2017.
Police visiting Carpenter’s home on another matter found the animal wrapped in a plastic bag in the bin.
When questioned Carpenter claimed he had gone downstairs when he heard Lucky making noises, and after picking him up he dropped Lucky on the floor by accident. He said that when he put Lucky back into the hutch he was unharmed, but was found dead in the hutch the next day.
A post-mortem examination showed Lucky has suffered a severe injury to his thorax (the area between the neck and the abdomen).
He had a fracture dislocation of his spine and severe bleed to his chest cavity and into his lungs. It was concluded that he died as a “result of blunt force trauma”. Significant force had been applied to break the rabbit’s back. None of this was consistent with Carpenter’s claims that the rabbit had accidentally fallen to the floor.
Speaking about the case RSPCA chief inspector Richard Abbott said: “This was a very upsetting case where Mr Carpenter inflicted a great deal of violence and cruelty on a defenceless pet, who was kept at his home.”
“Pets deserve to be treated with care and respect and it’s terribly sad that poor Lucky’s life ended in this way.”
Sentence: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Total of £615 costs and charges. Banned from keeping any animal for 10 years (expires August 2028).