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Dundee: Andrew Alexander

#TheList Andrew Alexander, born 26/07/1984, originally from Dundee and as at September 2019 of Malvern Drive, Ilford, London IG3 9DR – stole a pug named Pixie who is believed to have died

Violent thug Andrew Alexander, originally from Dundee Scotland, and now of Ilford in London, was convicted of stealing a dog who has never been found.
Violent thug Andrew Alexander, who now lives in Ilford in London, was convicted of stealing a dog who has never been found.

Eleven-month-old pug Pixie went missing on July 16, 2018 from a flat in Stobswell, Dundee, while in the care of Andrew Alexander.

Violent thug Andrew Alexander, originally from Dundee Scotland, and now of Ilford in London, was convicted of stealing a dog who has never been found.

Following her disappearance, eye-witnesses reported seeing a dog matching Pixie’s description being hit in the face at Baxter Park and then being carried lifeless by a man through the streets of Dundee towards a bridge over the River Tay.

Now construction worker Andrew Alexander has been fined £250 after being convicted of stealing the dog. As there was no admissible evidence that he had killed or mistreated the animal, he faced no charges in relation to this.

To date, it is not known what exactly happened to Pixie but it is believed that Alexander dumped her broken body in the River Tay.

Lawyer Ian Houston of Bruce Short solicitors.
In a bizarre legal argument, Alexander’s lawyer Ian Houston told the court that as Pixie was dead she was “nobody’s property” and could not, therefore, be stolen.

Alexander was represented in court by dodgy lawyer Ian James Houston of Bruce Short Solicitors, Rattray Street, Dundee. Houston tried to get his client off with the theft charge on the grounds that the “property”, i.e. a much-loved family pet, no longer existed because she was dead. Houston insisted on proving to the court that the dog had died by showing the CCTV footage of Alexander carrying Pixie’s body through the streets despite the anguish of the dog’s distraught owner, who was present in court. How do these people sleep at night?

A spokeswoman from animal group Missing Pets Dundee and Angus said: “Justice has not been served for poor Pixie.

“Too many cases of animal abuse are going unpunished. This has to stop, there is just no deterrent.

“We feel for the family and also all the witnesses after waiting so long to see justice done and it just didn’t happen.”

The little dog was last seen safe on July 16, 2018, at the home of her owner, Kelly Deuchars.

She left the animal in the care of Alexander, who was her flatmate, and went out to do some shopping.

When she returned, the dog was gone.

Alexander, who has a previous conviction for attempted murder, denied stealing the dog but was found guilty of the offence.

He was also found guilty of assaulting Ms Deuchars in August 2019 by seizing her on the body, placing her in a headlock and spraying an unknown irritant in her face.

Sentencing: Alexander was ordered to pay £250 to Ms Deuchars for the theft of the dog and a further £250 for the assault.

The Courier

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Background:
We originally published this article in August 2018 but had to withhold certain details at the time, so as not to jeopardise the prosecution case against Andrew Alexander. This is an edited version of that article. to reflect the latest developments.

Violent thug Andrew Alexander, originally from Dundee Scotland, and now of Ilford in London, was convicted of stealing a dog who has never been found.

Sometime after 3pm on Monday 16 July 2018 an 11-month-old pug named Pixie went missing from an address in Park Avenue, Baxter Park, Dundee. Pixie’s owner, Kelly, had gone out to do some shopping, leaving the tiny dog alone in the company of her flatmate, Andrew Alexander. Kelly had known this man for several years and he had given her no reason to distrust him.

When Kelly left, Pixie was sleeping and she told Alexander not to take her out. She was alarmed on her return a short while later, therefore, to find the flat empty and Pixie gone. As time passed with no word from Alexander, Kelly became increasingly anxious. As she didn’t have Alexander’s new mobile number she asked a friend to call him. The friend spoke briefly with Alexander who was described as angry, screaming down the phone that he would “speak to Kelly later”.

In a state of panic Kelly rushed over to the nearby park and asked dog walkers if they’d seen Alexander or Pixie but no one had. She returned to the flat and waited anxiously.

Missing pug Pixie is believed to have died at the hands of Andrew Alexander from Dundee, Scotland

When Alexander finally returned home at 7:30 pm he was alone and there was no sign of Pixie. When Kelly asked him where the dog was, Alexander shouted “lost!” in a manner that was more irritated than concerned. He said that Pixie had run off in Baxter Park at 4pm and he’d been unable to find her. He then told Kelly, somewhat bizarrely, that he was “away to jail” but didn’t elaborate on what he meant and left in a taxi to go to a girlfriend’s house.

Kelly texted Alexander the following morning to tell him he was no longer welcome at the flat. His response: “I’ve already moved out lol”

Alexander returned two days later while Kelly was out to collect his things and left for good.

Remorseless Andrew Alexander jokes about Pixie's disappearance with his moronic friend Bob Ramsay of Happyhillock Road, Dundee DD4 8LU
Remorseless dog killer Andrew Alexander jokes about Pixie’s disappearance with his moronic friend Bob Ramsay of Happyhillock Road, Dundee DD4 8LU

In the following days Kelly posted a number of desperate appeals on Facebook. Her posts were shared extensively in the local area, the charity DogLost got involved, and multiple reports of sightings from pedestrians and motorists started to come in. The news wasn’t encouraging, however, with witnesses reporting seeing a man resembling Alexander carrying a pug-type dog that appeared to be lifeless.

One pedestrian recalled seeing the man holding a dog in his arms.

She said: “The dog was very still and I thought that was strange as a dog wouldn’t usually allow itself to be held like that without moving at all.

“He avoided passing close to me on his way towards the city centre – probably because I watching him. It was very clearly a pug and in retrospect, it seemed utterly lifeless.

“The man appeared red and flustered. I wish I had stopped him and asked if the dog was okay.”

Missing pug Pixie is believed to have died at the hands of Andrew Alexander from Dundee, Scotland

Another witness – a young girl – said she had seen a man in Baxter Park pick up a pug by the neck and punch her in the face. The girl had been too afraid to challenge him.

These sightings took place as late as 7pm on the evening of Monday 16 July 2018 – three hours after Alexander said that Pixie had disappeared.

Police Scotland were contacted and on 27 July, 2018 they issued an appeal for information through the local newspaper and social media. Their statement read:

“There have been numerous sightings of what appeared to be a man carrying a small dog resembling Pixie in the Stobswell and Waterfront areas in the following few hours.

“The dog appeared to be lifeless or ill, and the man was described as in his mid 30s-40, tall, large build, and wearing a red t-shirt and blue shorts, possibly with stripes down the side.

“He was last seen shortly before 6pm near the bottom of Crichton Street. These sightings have been confirmed on CCTV.

“We have already received a large amount of relevant information from the public regarding this incident and are currently following a positive line of enquiry.

“We have also attempted to contact a number of witnesses who have been identified to us, but have not been able to get in touch with them.

“We would therefore like to ask anyone who has information about this incident who we have not already spoken to, to contact us – in particular if you saw the described man in the area of Baxter Park, Arbroath Road, Blackscroft, Dock Street, the Tay Bridge, Slessor Gardens or Crichton Street, between 3pm and 7pm on Monday 16th.

“We are also very interested in a report given to us regarding a man being seen possibly mistreating a dog in Baxter Park around that time.

“Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting CR/17475/18 or speak to any police officers”.

On 31 July, 2018, the media reported that a man had been charged in connection with Pixie’s disappearance.

In the meantime, Kelly and her friends formed the Facebook group Justice for Pixie with the aim of spreading awareness about the case and campaigning for justice. Sadly that justice never came when Alexander walked free from court with a nominal fine for dog theft.

Fulham, South-West London: Jibriel Guled

#TheList Jibriel Guled, born c. 1994, of Barclay Close, Cassidy Road, Fulham SW6 – kicked a four-month puppy to death

Dog killer Jibriel Guled is from Somalia but now lives in Fulham, South-West London
Jibriel Guled had subjected Bibi to previous attacks but this time she died from the injuries the Somali national inflicted on her

Guled was jailed and banned from keeping animals for life after he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier called Bibi by the infliction of physical abuse, namely blunt force trauma.

The RSPCA and police attended the property on 23 June, 2018, following a call to 999.

Bibi was sadly already dead and RSPCA Inspector Mike Beaman, who investigated, collected her body which had been placed in a wicker basket and wrapped in blankets.

Inspector Beaman said, “This was an extremely sad case involving a young dog whose life was cut short far too soon. Myself and the police attended the property in June last year after the police received an emotional 999 call from someone claiming Guled had kicked his dog.

“Poor Bibi would have experienced extreme pain and suffering from this physical abuse which we now believe was inflicted on her over a period of months.”

Dog killer Jibriel Guled is from Somalia but now lives in Fulham, South-West London
Dog killer Jibriel Guled is from Somalia but now lives in Fulham, South-West London

Somali national Guled said in court that the bed inside the property had collapsed on top of Bibi and this had caused her injuries and killed her.

A post-mortem examination of the dog’s body revealed that there were also three historical injuries of blunt force trauma to the dog’s body which occurred between May and June before the final incident which led to her death.

Sentencing: 26-week custodial sentence; £1000 in costs. Banned from keeping all animals for life.

BBC News

Stapleford Abbotts, Romford: Edwin Harris

#TheList persistent hoarder Edwin Harris, born c. 1939, of Murthering Lane, Stapleford Abbotts, Romford RM4 – kept 13 dogs, six pigs, six cockerels, two ducks, four cats, a pigeon and a rook in foul conditions; breached previous ban

Edwin Harris continued to acquire animals despite being disqualified for life from having any. He then kept them in appalling conditions.
Edwin Harris continued to acquire animals despite being disqualified for life from having any. He then kept them in appalling conditions.

Harris was banned from keeping animals for life for a second time after he admitted breaching a previous ban when he was found to be keeping a large number of animals in appalling conditions.

He also admitted failing to provide the animals with a suitable environment and causing unnecessary suffering to Bella, a Shar Pei-type dog, by failing to adequately investigate and address the cause of her ear and skin conditions.

The RSPCA attended the address in May 2018 with the police and found a large number of animals being kept in appalling conditions.

Edwin Harris continued to acquire animals despite being disqualified for life from having any. He then kept them in appalling conditions.
A Jack Russell rescued from a life of misery at the hands of her cruel owner Edwin Harris

Dogs were found in small cages covered in mess and faeces with little or no water, and one was even found locked inside a cupboard which had been turned into a makeshift cage.

Six pigs were kept in a narrow space in an outbuilding with hardly any room to turn round.
Six pigs were kept in a narrow space in an outbuilding with hardly any room to turn round.

The cockerels, pigeon and rook were also kept in small cages covered in faeces, and the pigs were kept in a small narrow space within an outbuilding with hardly any room to turn round or exercise.

RSPCA Inspector Adam Jones said: “The conditions were appalling, most of the small animals and dogs were kept in cages and probably had not known any other life. They had obviously never been socialised and were scared.

“The cages had not been cleaned out and the animals were surrounded in their own faeces and dirt. If they did have water it was usually filthy. I was horrified to find one small Jack Russell being kept in a cupboard that the defendant had converted into some kind of makeshift cage.

“By his own admission the defendant had claimed he had a compulsion to keep animals because he loved them and he couldn’t stop taking them in. Had we not removed these animals it’s likely the numbers would have only increased – one of the pigs we removed had later had a litter of piglets.

“I hope that now he has been sentenced by the court the defendant will learn his lesson and not get animals which he clearly is unable to look after properly.”

Although the matter had crossed a custody threshold the bench said they had taken into account the defendant’s age and vulnerability and the fact that he has never been to prison before, but were keen for him to have some rehabilitation

In 2014 Harris was disqualified from keeping animals for life following a prosecution by the RSPCA.

Sentencing: Two-year community order with the requirement to carry out 135 hours of unpaid work and 60 days of Rehabilitation Activity Requirement; costs of £1,300 and a £85 victim surcharge. Lifetime ban on keeping animals.

Romford Recorder

Jaywick, Essex: Monshur Alom

#TheList company director Monshur Alom, born 28/11/1981, of 169 Golf Green Road, Jaywick, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 2RL – exposed his Bengal cats to 31 degree heat and left ducks outside without fresh food or water for more than a week

Convicted animal abuser Monshur Alom of Stepney, London, and with links to Jaywick, Essex

Chelmsford magistrates were shown graphic images of the animals’ living conditions during an eight-day period in June 2018, before RSPCA inspectors were able to contact owner Monshur Alom.

Alom, a furniture dealer trading as Royal London Antiques and director of a company named Cheque Bid Ltd, admitted to three breaches of the Animal Welfare Act.

The animals were being kept at the address in Golf Green Road, Jaywick, so the new dad could renovate his other home in Sidney Street, Stepney, London to accommodate the animals and his growing family.

Lauren Bond, prosecuting, called him “clearly unfit” to look after animals.

The ducks, and exotic cats, which he had no licence to keep, are now with the RSPCA.

Ms Bond said: “The inspector was overwhelmed by the heat in the conservatory and the ammonia smell burnt his nose.

“There was blood over the floor as though the cats had dragged raw meat but there was no sign of a carcass. There was a trough of water which was bright green, and large litter trays that appeared very full.

“Outside the ducks were confined to a one metre by three metre alleyway. There was liquid faeces on the floor and it smelt disgusting.”

It was his first time before the court in relation to animal welfare.

Mrs Scoot, mitigating, explained life had got on top of him and he had also been unwell.

Convicted animal abuser Monshur Alom of Stepney, London, and with links to Jaywick, Essex

However, he did accept his actions were a “form of neglect”.

She said: “He’s had the cats for two years and there’s never been any concern or need for the RSPCA to address him or the family.

“Unfortunately, the cats weren’t litter trained so he had them in the property for a short time and renovations were being made to their current property to give them appropriate living conditions.

“He’d had the ducks for significantly less time. A friend was going to kill them so he took the ducks and was going to find another home for them.

“He didn’t plan to keep them long term.”

Sentencing:
180 hours of unpaid work; £685 costs. Banned from keeping animals for ten years.

Southend Standard

Manor Park, Newham, London: Amarpal Singh

#TheList backyard breeder and serial animal abuser Amarpal Singh, born c. 1986, of 6 Banks Way, Manor Park, Newham, London E12 5NZ – neglected 23 dogs and puppies in home reeking of animal urine and faeces.

Filthy conditions at the property where backyard breeder and serial animal abuser Amarpal Singh kept 23 starving dogs and puppies in squalor.
Filthy conditions at the property where backyard breeder and serial animal abuser Amarpal Singh kept 23 starving dogs and puppies in squalor.

Amarpal Singh forced seven alapaha bulldogs and 16 puppies to live in such sickening conditions they became malnourished and underweight.

One of the dogs had to have her tail amputated.

Notorious greeder Singh had already been issued with an improvement notice in 2015, when Newham Animal Welfare Services and police officers found three dogs living in filthy conditions in his back garden.

Singh said he’d clear up the area, and the dogs were taken away.

However when officers visited his home again in November 2017 they found the 23 animals squeezed into the house which stunk of urine and faeces.

Pc Holly Hoare, who led the investigation, said: “After seeing the conditions the dogs were living in, I wouldn’t want any dogs to be living in this way ever again.

“When we went to the address, the puppies were very quiet and unable to interact with us. A number of the dogs were showing signs of diarrhoea and there was little evidence of water or food.”


FILE PHOTO: Alapaha bulldogs are a rare breed. They should be socialised early on in life, and their personalities make them natural guard dogs. 

Pc Hoare added: “They were all living in extremely poor conditions, with excrement that had not be cleared up in a number of days. Some of the dogs were in cages that were too small for them and it was distressing to see them in such a poor state of health.”

Sentencing: 200 hours of unpaid work. Total of £1,360 costs and charges. Banned from dealing in, owning or keeping dogs for just two years (expires December 2020).

Newham Recorder

Marylebone, London: Sebastian Conceicao

#TheList Sebastian Conceicao, born c. 1965, whose address was given in court as Dorset Street, Marylebone, London W1U – caused unnecessary suffering to a goose by leaving it tethered by twine.

The incident took place in Worthing, West Sussex. The goose suffered an injury to its leg.

Sentencing:
Total costs and charges of £514.03. Disqualified from keeping any animal for 12 months (expires November 2019).

Worthing Herald court round-up

Rotherhithe, London: Christopher Haroun

#TheList Christopher Haroun, born c. 1993, of Russell Place, Rotherhithe, London SE16 – kicked a cat, hit her with a broom and threw objects at her. The cat, Nikita, had to be put to sleep.

Violent thug Christopher Haroun, who's from Rotherhithe in South-East London, and the innocent victim of his sadistic cruelty, Nikita.
Violent thug Christopher Haroun, who’s from Rotherhithe in South-East London, and the innocent victim of his sadistic cruelty, Nikita.

Christopher Haroun, who is originally from Hampstead, North-West London, appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on Thursday where he admitted abusing a cat named Nikita.

The court heard between January 2 and January 6, 2018, Haroun had been dating a woman from Basildon for six months when one day she came home from work and found her cat Nikita bleeding badly and unable to move her back legs.

Not such a great role model: Christopher Haroun works as a volunteer with mentoring charity City Year, which aims to help disadvantaged youths.

After confronting Haroun, who works as a recruitment administrator, she learned he had kicked the female cat, hit her with a broom and thrown objects at her causing her unnecessary suffering.

The owner, who has owned Nikita since she was eight weeks old, took her pet to the vet who told her Nikita had a suspected fractured spine and pelvis and that there was nothing they could do.

Nikita, who would have been two years old in March 2018, was put down the next morning.

The woman broke off the relationship immediately.

The victim said she struggled a lot with it as she moved here from Australia to work as a paramedic for the London Ambulance Service and didn’t really know many people at first so adopted Nikita and her sister Nala within a couple of months of moving here.

She told the court Nala is doing a lot better now but she was really badly affected by it.

Sentencing: community order with 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement; 300 hours of unpaid work. Total of £320 costs and charges. Banned from keeping a cat for five years with no right of appeal for two years.

Echo News

Clapton, London E5: Onur Kalan

#TheList convicted drug dealer and addict Onur Kalan, born c. 1988, of 18C Southwold Road, Clapton, London E5 9PT – left his elderly dog to become blind, crippled and floundering in his own excrement

An Iman told a drug-addicted dog owner he could kill his pet after neglect left the animal blind and crippled, a court heard. Bull mastiff ‘Tiger’ was found floundering in his own excrement by RSPCA inspectors, suffering from heart disease and hardly able to eat. He was only discovered when his owner, Onur Kalan was arrested for drug offences.

The dog was so ill there was no alternative but to put him down, Willesden Magistrates’ Court was told. The Iman had previously told Kalan he could kill the dog – but he did not have the courage to do it.

Defending Kalan, Georgia Lascombe, said: ‘He sought advice from his Imam because he was worried about taking the life of an animal.

‘He was told it was fine. He had a long-term attachment to the dog and asked his brother to do it.

‘At the time he was significantly suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.’

Sarah Gabay, prosecuting, said: ‘Police attended the defendant’s address. They went out the back door of the house. There was a courtyard divided into three areas. In one there was a kennel.

‘There was dirty green foam and it was covered in moss. The area was covered in faeces and there was a bright yellow liquid, either sick or excrement.

‘There were two dirty bowls. The area did not look like it had been cleaned for a long time.

‘Tiger was extremely nervous and shaking, and his tail was down. His eyes had cataracts.

‘However, he responded well to human contact, but he struggled getting up and down the stairs.

‘He was taken to the van and then to the kennels at Islington Police Station. He was sick on the way.

‘Treatment was started for heart disease and pain relief was given for arthritis. The dog was only eating small amounts and the breathing became more laboured.

‘There was no improvement in Tiger’s health and the decision was made that he should be put down.’

Sentencing: Kalan, who was already serving a 43-month prison sentence for dealing drugs, was jailed for another 12 weeks. He was banned from owning animals for life and told he could not appeal for 10 years.

Metro

South Norwood, Croydon: Shad’a McQueen

#TheList Shad’a McQueen, born November 1984, of Tennison Road, South Norwood, Croydon SE25 – brutally stabbed Old English bulldog then cut the dog’s throat after a booze binge

Violent dog killer Shad'a McQueen from South Norwood, Croydon

Shad’a McQueen pleaded guilty to stabbing her pet bulldog and causing the pet unnecessary suffering.

After a night of heavy drinking, McQueen returned alone to her flat and attacked the unnamed female dog. She stabbed her multiple times before cutting her throat with a knife.

McQueen then called the police, who found the badly injured dog still clinging to life.

The dog was rushed to a vet’s where she had to be put down humanely as she had no chance of surviving her appalling wounds.

Defending McQueen, Stephanie Panchkowry said: “This is a very sad case. It is a very severe incident that happened.

“In the community she is known for looking after dogs very well.”

Ms Panchkowry said that there had been “alcohol misuse” that night, combined with mental health issues including depression.McQueen accepted her guilt and was sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

District Judge Susan Holden said: “This is a deeply distressing case. It’s clear that your dog must have suffered unnecessarily.”

McQueen still shares a dog with her ex-partner, who she will be allowed to visit. Her ban could also be lifted at some later date.

Sentencing: 16-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months. 60 hours of unpaid work. Disqualified from owning animals for an indefinite period.

Croydon Advertiser
Metro