Tag Archives: East Sussex

Brighton, East Sussex: Stephen Bouquet

Prosecution: Stephen R Bouquet, born 05/01/1967, of 31B Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton BN1 4JJ – accused of killing and injuring 16 cats

Alleged serial cat killer Steve Bouquet
Alleged serial cat killer Steve Bouquet

Steve Bouquet, who is originally from Chelmsford in Essex, has denied killing and injuring cats in Brighton.

He faces 16 counts of criminal damage, relating to the deaths of nine cats, and injuries to seven others.

The 53-year-old was brought into court as the first case before District Judge Tessa Szagun at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today.

He wore a black leather jacket, white polo shirt, and black trousers as he appeared in the dock.

Bouquet spoke to confirm his name, address and nationality. He was represented by Kirsty Craghill, while David Holman prosecuted.

Mr Holman said the total cost of the criminal damage in the charges was £32,000.

Judge Szagun said the offences are either way offences and released Bouquet on bail.

He was ordered not to enter York Road at the junction with Queen’s Road and North Gardens, not to enter Church Street at the junction of Queen’s Road and Dyke Road, and not to enter Crown Gardens at the junction with Kew Street.

Bouquet will next appear before the Crown Court at either Lewes, Hove, or Brighton on February 20, 2020.

The Argus

Hailsham, East Sussex: Leonard Jones

#TheList horse trader Leonard Jones, born c. 1966, of 41 Butts Field, Hailsham BN27 2BZ – for the severe neglect of a piebald mare.

Leonard Jones is now banned from keeping animals for five years following his conviction for horse neglect.
Leonard Jones, who is from a notorious family of travellers, is now banned from keeping animals for five years following his conviction for horse neglect.

Leonard Jones was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a horse by failing to provide adequate or any parasitic control.

The offence took place at Hailsham between February 26 and December 28, 2018.

He was also found guilty of a further charge of causing unnecessary suffering to the piebald mare by failing to investigate and address the animal’s poor body condition and health.

Sentencing: 24 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. Six-month curfew. Ordered to pay £1,250 in costs. Banned from keeping or owning any animal for five years.

Eastbourne Herald

Eastbourne/Polegate, East Sussex: Tyler Earwaker and Liam Smith

#TheList Tyler Rhys Earwaker, born c. 2000, of 32 Shalfleet Close, Eastbourne BN23 8DU & Liam Smith, c. 1999, of 43 Kensington Way, Polegate BN26 6FH – laughed as they set packs of dogs on captured wild rabbits

Convicted animal abusers Liam Smith (left) and Tyler Earwaker from East Sussex, UK
Convicted animal abusers Liam Smith (left) and Tyler Earwaker are only banned from keeping rabbits.

Earwaker pleaded guilty to six offences and Smith pleaded guilty to two. The pair were prosecuted by the RSPCA following an investigation which included examination of horrific mobile phone footage.

Animal abuser Liam Smith of Polegate, East Sussex, with friend Bobby King
Liam Smith (right) with friend and fellow persecutor of wildlife Bobby King. As far as we know King was not involved in this particular act of animal cruelty but his FB page contains several photos of animals he has killed, sometimes with a catapult.

RSPCA inspector Carroll Lamport launched the investigation in May 2019 following a tip-off. She said, “When we checked [their] phones we found lots of videos of Earwaker and Smith releasing captured wild rabbits and setting their dogs on them.

“Some of the videos show the chase taking place across fields while others take place in fenced areas such as a basketball court and a children’s playground meaning the rabbits had no real chance of escape.

“It’s really upsetting to watch the footage and the rabbits must have been extremely distressed before being released. The chase would have been terrifying for them and the manner in which they were killed would have resulted in unnecessary suffering.”

The videos show the pair encouraging the dogs to chase down the rabbits – some of which are clearly in shock – and in one case the rabbits are kicked and thrown onto the ground.

Convicted animal abuser Tyler Earwaker of Eastbourne, East Sussex
Tyler Earwaker

A warrant was executed by police on May 14 at an address in Eastbourne. RSPCA officers joined police and a number of mobile phones were seized.

Five dogs were found at the premises – belonging to Earwaker’s family – and the RSPCA said all appeared in good condition. A number of hutches and cages were located in the garden, some with ferrets inside.

Inspector Lamport said, “We found long hunting nets, often used for catching animals, and a number of animal carriers in the shed and Earwaker told me he used the large trap for rabbits, using carrots as bait.

“Some of his coats were bloodstained and a number of phones and an iPad were seized.”

Four dogs – two lurchers and two terriers – were seized by police and Earwaker was interviewed.

Convicted animal abuser Tyler Earwaker of Eastbourne, East Sussex
Earwaker with his mummy

Inspector Lamport later received a call from Smith’s father claiming one of the dogs seized belonged to him.

She said, “Mr Smith told me he’d bought the terrier for his son, We discovered that his son, Liam Smith, had been going out with Earwaker rabbiting and ferreting.

“They were catching rabbits and ‘dropping’ them in front of their dogs for the dogs to chase in order to train the dogs they thought the latter was legal.”

The court determined the four dogs should be returned to their owners.

Sentencing:
Earwaker – 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work. He was disqualified from keeping rabbits for five years and ordered to pay £300 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Smith – 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work. He was disqualified from keeping rabbits for five years and ordered to pay £300 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Eastbourne, East Sussex: Gerard O’Connor

#TheList Gerard ‘Jezz’ Patrick O’Connor, born 21/03/1977, of South Street, Eastbourne BN21 – killed two kittens by stamping on them during a domestic violence incident

Kitten killer Gerard O'Connor is based in Bootle, Liverpool, but he killed the kittens and assaulted a woman in Eastbourne
Career criminal Gerard O’Connor is based in Bootle, Liverpool, but his animal cruelty offence took place in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Gerard O’Connor, who has a history of violence and previous criminal convictions, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her. The offence took place at Eastbourne on September 19, 2019.

Kitten killer Gerard O'Connor is based in Bootle, Liverpool, but he killed the kittens and assaulted a woman in Eastbourne

The lifelong loser also pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by stamping on two kittens with such force that it resulted in their deaths, at Eastbourne on the same date.

Magistrates described O’Connor’s attack on the kittens as “prolonged and vicious”.

Sentencing: total of 24 weeks in prison. £389 in compensation. Restraining order. Banned from keeping cats for ten years.

Eastbourne Herald

Additional information: O’Connor, who is known to his friends as Jez or Jezz, is originally from Northern Ireland but has lived in the Bootle area of Liverpool for several years.

Kitten killer Gerard O'Connor is based in Bootle, Liverpool, but he killed the kittens and assaulted a woman in Eastbourne

He has an adult son from a previous relationship.

Criminal history:
https://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/two-men-accused-attacking-man-14115683

https://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/man-accused-assaulting-girlfriend-twice-13449886

St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex: Carla French

#TheList Carla French, born c. 1980, of 22 Jameson Crescent, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 9JA – failed to take injured dog to the vet

Photo of dog abuser Carla French of Jameson Crescent, St Leonards-on-Sea, who has been banned from keeping animals for seven years
Carla French of Jameson Crescent, St Leonards, East Sussex, has been banned from keeping any animal for seven years

French pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a male brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier by failing to provide proper and necessary veterinary care and attention for a tail injury. The offence took place at St Leonards between July 2 and July 7, 2018.

She was fined £80 and ordered to pay £300 in prosecution costs. Magistrates banned her from keeping an animal for seven years, recording that the reason was ‘an inability to care for animals’.

Hastings Observer

Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex: Luke Smith

#TheList Luke Smith, born c. 1991, former known addresses of Sidley Street, Bexhill, and Silchester Road, St Leonards – threw a 12-week-old kitten named Luna against a wall; kitten had to be euthanised due to the severity of her injuries.

Kitten killer Luke Smith from Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, and his victim, Luna
Persistent violent offender Luke Smith, who also has multiple convictions for domestic violence, with his animal victim, 12-week-old kitten Luna

In January 2017 Smith pleaded guilty to causing the kitten unnecessary suffering during the incident, which took place at Hastings on August 16, 2016. The kitten, named Luna, suffered head and neck injuries and had to be euthanised.

Smith was given a community order and banned from keeping animals for three years (expires January 2020).

Smith was back in court in May 2018 when he pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman by beating her. The offence took place at Hastings on April 18. He also admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence made by an earlier court for animal cruelty, in that he threw a kitten called Luna against a wall and for burglary of a house in Hastings, as well as a previous assault on a woman.

This time Smith sentenced to 16 weeks in prison. Magistrates said the reason for the custodial sentence was because of persistent breach of court orders.

Hastings and St Leonards Observer

Eastbourne, East Sussex: Natalie Botham

#TheList Natalie Botham (aka Natalie Western), born c. 1978, Berkshire Court, Leslie Street, Eastbourne BN22 8JE – neglect of two Staffies named Princess and Smooch

Convicted dog abuser Natalie Botham from Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Botham was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog Princess, by failing to address the causes of poor body condition and weight loss, which resulted in her emaciated, collapsed and unconscious state.

She was also found guilty of failing to take steps to meet the needs of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog Smooch.

Convicted dog abuser Natalie Botham from Eastbourne, East Sussex.

The cases were brought by the RSPCA and the verdicts were proved in her absence.

Sentencing was adjourned until March 15 2018 for reports to be prepared; however no details are available.

Eastbourne Herald

Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex – Laurence Skelson

#TheList Laurence Skelson, born c. 1954, formerly of Faygate Close, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 5EE – filmed battering his friend’s bulldog with a plank of wood, mop and shovel as the dog cowered in fear

Laurence Skelson of Bexhill on Sea was caught on camera threatening a dog with a large wooden plank and a mop.
Laurence Skelson of Bexhill on Sea was caught on camera threatening a dog with a large wooden plank and a mop.

Skelson used wood, a mop and a shovel to whack and intimidate adorable Boston, whom he was looking after for a friend.

A horrified neighbour filmed Skelson holding a mop and a plank of wood high above the bulldog before jabbing and hitting Boston, who was cowering on the floor.

Skelson pleaded guilty to failing to meet the needs of the American bulldog by not ensuring his need to exhibit normal behaviour patterns by the use of inappropriate chastisement methods.

Dog abuser Laurence Skelson

Thankfully Boston did not suffer any lasting physical injuries and is now in the care of his owner.

Sentencing:
Total of £470 fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping dogs for life.

Daily Mail

Eastbourne, East Sussex: Dean Smith

#TheList Dean R Smith, born c. 1963, of 36 Magpie Road, Eastbourne BN23 7RG – struck a racing pigeon causing injury

Smith was found guilty of caused unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, a racing pigeon, by striking the bird and damaging it.

It is not known if the bird survived the attack.

Sentencing: total of £550 fines, costs and compensation.

Eastbourne Herald