#TheList Lance Paddington Powell, born 02/02/1952, of St Paul’s Close, Carshalton, Sutton SM5 1NR – beat a stray cat repeatedly with a broom before shoving him off 10ft balcony
Angry that the cat had defecated on his balcony, Powell beat the animal several times with a broom before sending him crashing to the pavement 10 feet below.
The cat, who was a stray, fractured his skull and suffered internal injuries from which he died the next day.
Sentencing Powell, who came to Britain from Zimbabwe, the district judge said the cat had “suffered an agonising and lingering death”.
“This was an offence of cruelty of truly horrific proportions,” he told Powell.
“You acted with callous disregard for a living animal.
“The offence was so serious that only a custodial sentence is justified and I would be failing in my public duty if I did not impose one.”
After the case, RSPCA Inspector Lucy Chillery explained how Powell had taken his anger out on the stray cat who was being fed by neighbours.
“Mr Powell was angry he kept defecating on his balcony and so, when he came onto his balcony once more, he hit him again and again with a broom,” said the inspector.
“The violent attack was witnessed by two neighbours who screamed at him to stop beating the dazed and injured cat, who then fell around 10ft off his balcony and onto the pavement below.
“The neighbour rushed the cat to a local vet where he was given emergency treatment but, sadly, died overnight.
“A post mortem showed the cat had suffered from internal bleeding and a fractured skull.
”The RSPCA also praised the witnesses for bringing the case to light.
“This was a shocking and horrific case of cruelty against a defenceless animal,” added Inspector Chillery.
“I would like to thank the witnesses for their continued support without which we would not have been able to get the justice this poor cat deserved.”
Sentence: jailed for six weeks; £2,998 in costs. Banned from keeping animals for the rest of his life.