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Aston, Birmingham: Robert Iordan, Florin Nutu and Viorel Manu

#TheList Robert Iordan, born 28/05/1996, Florin Nutu, born 11/01/1984, and Viorel Manu, born c. 1980, all of 41 Dunsink Road, Birmingham B6 6PL – killed and butchered around 350 sheep in Northamptonshire over four months.

Police mugshots of Robert Iordan and Florin Nutu

Between June 22 and October 7, 2019, the three Romanian nationals travelled across rural areas in the county, killing and butchering sheep in order to steal the meat and profit from it.

The trio’s attacks on sheep and lambs, which all took place in the dead of night, had the county’s livestock farming community gripped in fear.

But they were hunted down by Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team, acting on key information from NFU members and farmers, and arrested.

All three eventually pleaded guilty and were sentenced at Northampton crown court.

In a hearing in October 2019, the court heard the gruesome details of how the alleged operation was carried out.

The prosecution lawyer said: “The conspiracy involved the slaughter of about 350 sheep, all that have been slaughtered inhumanely.

“Vehicles and weapons have been taken to the location on local farmers’ fields, the sheep are captured and a knife is taken to their throats and they suffer a slow and painful death.

“A pipe is then inserted into the throat of the sheep which are blown up, they are skinned and their remains are left at the scene.”

NFU county adviser for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, Harriet Ranson, who was involved in the case from the beginning and liaised with police throughout, said she was delighted with the outcome.

“These crimes were horrific, barbaric and unprecedented and had the whole livestock farming community in Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties living in fear that they would be next for months,” she said.

“It is fantastic to see the courts treating these appalling crimes with the seriousness they deserve and handing down suitably lengthy prison terms to these dangerous men.

“This case really highlights how important local information from farmers, the NFU and the public is in helping to bring offenders before the courts.

“We’d like to thank Northamptonshire Police, their rural crime team and the police and crime commissioner for their relentless pursuit of these criminals and we hope this case sends out a clear message to anyone planning to do something similar – you will get caught and you will get punished.”

Sentencing: Iordan and Nutu were both handed jail terms of four years and four months and Manu was ordered to serve two years and 11 months inside.

Warwickshire Rural Crime Team (Facebook post)

Shrewsbury, Shropshire: Steven To and Charlotte Plimmer

#TheList Steven Sai Chong To, born 21/03/1992, and wife Charlotte Plimmer, born 15/11/1996, both of 13 Theatre Royal Apartments, 15 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury SY1 1HR – for cruelty offences relating to four kittens

Cat killers Steven To and wife Charlotte Plimmer
Cat killers Steven To and wife Charlotte Plimmer. Sadist To is banned from keeping animals for life while Plimmer received a seven-year ban

Takeaway worker Steven To killed two kittens and inflicted months of abuse on two others while his wife, Charlotte To (née Plimmer) failed to react to the ongoing cruelty.

Between August 2018 and March 2019, the Tos inflicted abuse which RSPCA veterinarian Dr David Martin said was the worst he had seen in his 22 years of practice.

The court heard how eight-week-old kittens Jin and Sun, and two-month-old pets Moon and Mew, suffered seizures, broken bones, infections, hair and skin loss, multiple amputations and tail lacerations which left one “hanging on by a thread”.

Steven To pleaded guilty to three animal cruelty charges relating to harming the cats, and Charlotte To pleaded guilty to four charges of failing to provide a safe environment and veterinary care.

Prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, Sara Pratt, said: “The defendants lived together with their kittens in a flat in Shrewsbury.

“Over the period of August 2018 and March 2019, they acquired a total of four kittens, two of which were killed while in the care of the defendants, as a result of the actions of Steven To – Jin was almost 12 weeks old and Mew was just five months old at the time of their deaths.”

Cat killers Steven To and wife Charlotte Plimmer.

The court heard Jin and Sun were registered at Animal Trusts Vets and deemed healthy in August 2018, before Moon and Mew were registered at a different practice, Copthorne Veterinary Clinic, in November 2018.

Ms Pratt added: “On September 14, 2018, a phone call was made to Animal Trust Vets reporting that Jin had been playing, knocked over some recycling, started having a seizure and died.

“On September 21, Sun was anaesthetised and X-rays revealed a fresh fracture to her right tibia.”

The court heard in October 2018, Sun was taken to the vets with two “kinks” in her tail, before returning three days later with it “hanging off”.

The defendants bought Moon and Mew in November 2018, before Sun was taken to the vets again with hair and skin loss.

Mew then suffered an injury to her chin where the skin had become detached from her jaw bone and required surgery, the court heard.

Ms Pratt said: “Just seven days after surgery to her avulsed chin, Mew was returned to Copthorne Vets with an extreme fracture dislocation midway down the tail – all tendons had been ripped.”

Mew was found dead on the kitchen floor days after returning from the vets following a tail amputation.

The court heard that an RSPCA post mortem found evidence of blunt trauma to the right side of the cat’s thorax and neck, as well as evidence that the cat had lost blood externally through the nose.

The court then heard how in February 2019, Moon was taken to Abbey Veterinary Centre starved, and again with a leg fracture in March.

Following concerns raised by the veterinary practices and the RSPCA, later that month Moon and Sun were seized by police and a full investigation was launched.

A report by Dr Martin stated that it was “clear” all four cats sustained “serious injuries” and that two died from “traumatic incidents”.

He added: “It is exceptionally unusual to have such a significant incidence of serious trauma in four cats over such a short period of time, to the extent that in 22 years of veterinary practice, I have never seen or heard of such a high incidence of serious injury.”

2011 photo of Charlotte Plimmer
2011 photo of Charlotte Plimmer

District Judge Kevin Grego said there was “no doubt” a lifetime ban was necessary for Mr To, and that Mrs To should not have “covered her eyes” to the ongoing abuse.

He said: “The penny must have dropped after a short period of time. She [Mrs To] either should have got those animals out of the house or at the very least ensured it wasn’t going to happen again.”

Judge Grego added: “Animal cruelty is incisive of a mindset that’s corrosive and damaging – that’s what makes this so serious.

“There should be no doubt the animals that died and suffered did so as a result of deliberate cruelty from you, Steven.

“That cruelty and death could have been avoided if you, Charlotte, didn’t frankly cover your eyes and accept what your husband told you when you knew what you were being told was unsustainable

Sentencing: Steven To was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, with 200 hours of unpaid work, 25 days of rehabilitation, a lifetime ban on keeping animals and was ordered to pay £5,000 court costs, more than £3,500 in vets’ fees and a £122 surcharge.

Charlotte To was given a 12-month community order, with 25 days of rehabilitation, 40 hours of unpaid work, a seven-year ban on owning animals and was ordered to pay £390 costs.

Shropshire Star

Swansea: Peter Dunn

#TheList Peter Dunn aka Peter James, born 06/03/2002, from Swansea – beat up a French bulldog puppy on at least two occasions causing her to suffer multiple broken bones

Violent dog abuser Peter Dunn from Swansea in Wales and victim Betty
Eighteen-year-old Peter Dunn and, Betty, the puppy he subjected to repeated violent attacks

The trauma inflicted on the 10-month-old dog, who is now known as Betty, was so severe that she would not even look at her fosterer for three weeks after being temporarily rehomed by the RSPCA.

Dunn injured the puppy by “doing an act, namely the infliction of blunt force trauma and physical violence”.

He also “knew or ought reasonably to have known that that act would have the effect of causing unnecessary suffering or be likely to do so”.

Violent dog abuser Peter Dunn from Swansea in Wales and victim Betty
Dunn with Betty

The acts of violence occurred over two separate dates in 2019, on July 30 and September 24, and veterinary checks on the puppy revealed that her injuries were non-accidental.

Betty had suffered a swollen face, a fractured humerus, a fractured ulna and radius and a fractured femoral head.

The injuries were inflicted at a time when Dunn was the only person to have been alone with the dog.

Abused dog Betty

Betty continues to recover from her ordeal and recently underwent an operation to remove wires from her leg. She has undergone several operations, and her care has cost the RSPCA around £8,000.

Her fosterer has described the little dog as a “bundle of joy” after at first being reticent in their company.

The fosterer said: “When she first came to me in October she had shut down and she wouldn’t look at me for three weeks. But now she is a beautiful bundle of joy. She is just amazing and she loves everybody and she is great with other dogs.”

The RSPCA are hoping that a ‘forever home’ will soon be found for Betty.

“I would very much like to thank the member of the public who alerted us to what was going on so we could promptly remove the puppy and give her the veterinary treatment she desperately needed,” said RSPCA Cymru inspector Gemma Cooper.

“I am so thankful she has recovered and is doing really well with one of our fantastic fosterers.”

Dunn pleaded guilty to two animal welfare offences and was given a nine-month referral order. He was told to pay costs and charges totalling £321. He was banned from keeping any animals for five years.

WalesOnline

Crouch Hill, Haringey, North London: Joseph Thomas

#TheList Joseph Thomas, born 19/11/1973, of 28A Crouch Hill, Haringey, London N4 4AU: battered his Staffordshire Bull Terrier on multiple occasions, leaving him with two detached retina and partially sighted

Abused dog Marley

Thomas was found guilty of one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, and to a second charge of failing in his duty as person responsible for animal welfare.

The court heard how Thomas terrorised the dog, Marley, who is two or three years old, over a two-year period, with attacks that included punching the dog, whipping him with a steel lead and beating him with a branch.

The court heard how, on January 15, 2019, a woman and her friend were walking on the Parkland Walk, near Ashmount School, when they witnessed Thomas “forcefully hitting the dog with a heavy branch” about 20 times.

Prosecutor Mark Jones explained that soon after Thomas got Marley in 2017, a neighbour reported witnessing him “pulling the dog off the ground” by his lead about five times so that he was “being caused to choke and thrashing around in the air”.

Abused dog Marley

The court heard Thomas then hit Marley about 15 times with the lead, and that the neighbour would hear “harrowing screaming from the dog” coming from inside his flat.

On another occasion a Tesco employee saw Thomas punching the animal in the ribs. Separately, a further witness saw him strike the dog four times in the ribs area.

They remonstrated with him and he said: “It’s nothing to do with you,” to which they replied: “It’s got something to do with me, we’re in a public space.”

Officer seized Marley off Thomas on April 26, 2019

Sentencing Thomas, Dr Joan Scanlon cited his “absence of remorse”, ongoing denial of guilt and the “severe distress” his attacks caused for witnesses, as reasons for sending him to prison.

Sentencing: a total of 26 weeks in jail. Victim surcharge of £115. Indefinite disqualification on owning animals with no right of appeal for five years.

Islington Gazette

Castleford, West Yorkshire: Joe Bucktrout

#TheList Joe Bucktrout, born 11/07/1998, of Lumley Avenue, Castleford WF10 5LX – subjected his pet dog to a campaign of systematic abuse, causing her to suffer multiple fractures and cigarette burns

Campaign of cruelty: violent Joe Bucktrout, who calls himself Joe Bucky on Facebook, inflicted multiple injuries on his pet dog Sasha over several months.
Campaign of cruelty: violent Joe Bucktrout, who calls himself Joe Bucky on Facebook, inflicted multiple injuries on his pet dog Sasha over several months.

Joe Bucktrout was jailed for causing unnecessary suffering to the dog – a Staffy named Sasha – including broken bones and cigarette burns.

Animal abuser Joe Bucktrout with girlfriend Victoria-Louise Chamberlain. She was also convicted of animal cruelty offences relating to Sasha and will be sentenced separately.
Bucktrout with ex girlfriend Victoria-Louise Chamberlain. She was also convicted of animal cruelty offences relating to Sasha and will be sentenced separately.

Bucktrout initially denied the charges but changed his plea to guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

He also changed a plea to guilty for failing to get veterinary treatment to the dog.

Sasha sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including dislocation of both hips, fractured ribs and severe scarring to the head which was most likely caused by cigarette burns
Sasha was taken into the care of the RSPCA and has since been rehomed

RSPCA inspector Vanessa Reid said: “We attended the address after we were passed a number of recordings taken over a four-day period where Bucktrout can be heard shouting at Sasha, there are loud bangs and Sasha is screaming.

Joe Bucktrout's victim Sasha  sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including dislocation of both hips, fractured ribs and severe scarring to the head which was most likely caused by cigarette burns
Some of Sasha’s injuries

“Sasha had sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including the dislocation of both hips – her left hip was out when we rescued her, which hadn’t had any veterinary attention, and she was operated on in RSPCA care.

“She also had three fractured ribs that were in the process of healing and severe and obvious scarring to her head, consistent, according to the veterinary expert, with burns most likely caused by cigarettes.

Joe Bucktrout's victim Sasha  sustained a number of severe injuries over several months including dislocation of both hips, fractured ribs and severe scarring to the head which was most likely caused by cigarette burns

“In interview, Bucktrout said that the first hip dislocation was due to an accident in the garden where a mattress had fallen on Sasha, and that he thought the second dislocation had happened when she was recovering from an operation to repair the first and fell down the stairs.

“However, the veterinary expert said that couldn’t be true and concluded that he believed the injuries were caused by intentional and repeated violence against her, which Bucktrout went on to admit in court.”

Sasha was signed over to the RSPCA and has been happily rehomed.

Sentencing: 18 weeks for the physical abuse and 10 weeks for failing to get veterinary treatment – to run concurrently. Bucktrout is to spend a minimum of nine weeks in custody allowing for good behaviour and then supervision on licence. He was ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. Disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Pontefract & Castleford Express
RSPCA News

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Bucktrout’s former girlfriend, Victoria-Louise Chamberlain (aka Victoria-Louise Robinson – pictured here with Bucktrout), born 06/09/1999, of Mickle Court, Temple Street, Castleford WF10 5TD was convicted in absence of two animal cruelty offences.

On Tuesday 3 December 2019, she was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and banned from keeping animals for life. See here for more information.

Daily Star

Frome, Somerset: Carl Athey

#TheList Carl Steven Athey, born 25/09/1991, of Dorset Close, Frome BA11 3HL – kicked and strangled a border collie to death

Dog killer Carl Steven Athey of Frome in Somerset

Carl Athey was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison after he was convicted of animal cruelty for kicking and strangling a four-year-old border collie named Gracie to death.

Dog killer Carl Athey's partner Robyn Garman with Gracie
Gracie with Robyn Garman. Garman is standing by Athey despite his conviction for killing her dog

Gracie belonged to Athey’s partner, Robyn Nicole Garman, who is standing by him.

Cruelty victim Gracie died from multiple injuries inflicted by Carl Athey

Athey, who owns two other dogs – Jack Russell terriers Ruby and Chloe – was convicted of two counts of physical harm to Gracie, which ultimately resulted in the dog’s death.

Cruelty victim Gracie died from multiple injuries inflicted by Carl Athey
Gracie died from multiple injuries following a series of attacks by Carl Athey

The second of these counts left her so badly injured she was presented to vets in an unresponsive and comatose state and was ultimately put down.

The vets then contacted the RSPCA to investigate.

Dog killer Carl Athey's partner Robyn Garman with Gracie

A post mortem examination showed a number of recent blunt force trauma injuries including three broken ribs, liver damage consistent with a kick, blunt force trauma to the head and signs of strangulation on the neck.

According to the RSPCA, Athey denied responsibility for Gracie’s injuries, claiming on the first occasion that he had tripped while holding a shopping bag while failing to provide any explanation for her severe injuries on the second.

Dog killer Carl Athey from Frome in Somerset, UK

He did admit to being the only person in the house at the time of Gracie’s injuries.

Dog killer Carl Athey's partner Robyn Garman with Gracie

RSPCA Inspector Miranda Albinson, who investigated for the charity, said: “This saddening case involved a defenceless dog who lost her life because of the series of serious injuries that had been caused by Athey.

“The veterinary reports and the post mortem exposed the deliberate ill-treatment which tragically led to her death.

“There is never an excuse for harming an animal or for failing to treat an animal with the kindness and respect they deserve.”

Sentencing: 20 weeks in jail; total of £865 costs and charges; deprivation order for Ruby and Chloe. Banned from keeping animals for life.

SomersetLive

Additional information: several friends of Carl Athey’s have come to his defence today (19/10/19) and to protest his innocence. It is suggested that Athey’s partner is in some way involved in Gracie’s death and that other animals in the household Robyn Garman shares with Athey and her seven-year-old son have come to harm. One or two have said that Gracie may even have been harmed by the child. Garman herself has this to say:


We may never know the truth, but if the allegations about a child being to blame for Gracie’s death are true then that is extremely concerning and there absolutely must be intervention by social services.

Lincolnshire Pig Abusers: Gavin Hardy, Arturs Grigorjevs and Troy Wagstaff

#TheList Gavin Hardy , born 29/09/79, of 18 Greengate Lane, Immingham DN40 3EZ, Troy Wagstaff, born 06/03/88, of Willow Close, Ulceby DN39 6UR , and Arturs Grigorjevs, born c. 1986, of Oak Avenue, Goole DN14 – relentlessly abused pigs by kicking them in the face and jabbing them with pitchforks; caught on camera slamming a gate into an animal’s head

Trio responsible for horrific abuse of pigs at Fir Tree Farm in Goxhill, Lincolnshire
These three men regularly subjected defenceless pigs to “gratuitous, appalling and sickening” brutality

Hardy, Wagstaff and Grigorjevs, former employees of Goxhill’s Fir Tree Farm, which is operated by Elsham Linc, all admitted causing unnecessary suffering to pigs.

The case was brought by the RSPCA following an undercover investigation by animal rights group Animal Equality.

Hidden cameras were put inside the farm and these uncovered horrific footage of abuse.

The main culprit was Troy Wagstaff, a supervisor who, ironically, was actually the farm’s designated animal welfare manager responsible for animal welfare practice.

Trio responsible for horrific abuse of pigs at Fir Tree Farm in Goxhill, Lincolnshire
A severely scarred pig at Fir Tree Farm

Wagstaff admitted abusing numerous pigs between April 2 and April 27, 2018, by causing unnecessary suffering through inflicting blunt force trauma and physical violence.

He denied a second charge of abusing a pig by spraying paint into its nose. The prosecution offered no evidence on that matter.

Gavin Hardy, one of the trio responsible for horrific abuse of pigs at Fir Tree Farm in Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Gavin Hardy

Gavin Hardy admitted causing unnecessary suffering to two pigs at the farm through inflicting blunt force trauma, physical violence and the inappropriate use of a pitchfork between April 25 and 27, 2018.

Arturs Grigorjevs, one of the trio responsible for horrific abuse of pigs at Fir Tree Farm in Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Arturs Grigorjevs

Latvian national Arturs Grigorjevs admitted causing unnecessary suffering to four pigs through inflicting blunt force trauma, physical violence and the inappropriate use of a pitchfork,when knowing that the act was likely to have this effect.

Cameras were planted in Fir Tree Farm after suspicions that pigs were being ill-treated and these revealed pigs being subjected to horrific abuse.

The pigs’ squeals can be heard as they try to escape from the men around the pens.

Gordon Holt, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told Grimsby Magistrates’ Court that there was “repeated abuse and cruelty” to “multiple pigs”.

Wagstaff was the unit’s supervisor for nine months and had worked there since 2006.

He was the designated animal welfare manager and had monthly meetings with others about animal welfare practice.

Hardy was a stockman and had worked at the farm for about 20 years.

Grigorjevs had worked with pigs for about nine years.

Elsham Linc, which is owned by the Godfrey family, sacked the men after an investigation, saying the actions were “abhorrent behaviour that does not represent our business”.

Gavin Hardy, one of the trio responsible for horrific abuse of pigs at Fir Tree Farm in Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
A ticking time bomb? Gavin Hardy’s own solicitor admitted that his client was desensitised to animal suffering having worked on Godfreys’ pig farm for 20 years

Gavin Hardy had shown “no remorse”, his legal team said. His lawyers claimed he was ”desensitised” to the rearing and slaughtering of pigs after working at the farm for 20 years.

Wagstaff was described by his lawyers as “weak and foolish” but “full of remorse”.

Latvian national Arturs Grigorjevs, one of the trio responsible for horrific abuse of pigs at Fir Tree Farm in Goxhill, Lincolnshire.
Latvian Grigorjevs pictured outside court

The court heard Artis Grigorjevs recognised that his behaviour was unacceptable.

Sentencing:
The three were given an eight-week suspended prison sentence, 100 hours’ unpaid work and were banned from working with or transporting commercial livestock indefinitely. They must each pay £500 costs and a Government-imposed £115 victims’ surcharge.

Grimsby Telegraph


Shaw, Oldham: Tomas Ferreira

#TheList Tomas Gabriel Couceiro Ferreira, born 02/04/1996, of 15 Edmund Street, Shaw, Oldham OL2 8EY – beat his Bichon Frise dog with a metal pole in a series of violent attacks, causing her to suffer multiple broken bones and to lose an eye

Violent thug Tomas Ferreira from Oldham, Greater Manchester, abused Bichon Frise Skye so severely she suffered multiple broken bones and lost an eye.

Tomas Ferreira’s Bichon Frise Skye was discovered with a broken jaw, broken ribs, a broken bone in her back leg and 10 broken teeth.

She also suffered a ruptured eyeball which had to be removed, completely robbing her of her sight because she was already blind in her other eye.

Tameside Magistrates’ Court heard that Ferreira was violent and regularly abused the dog.

Violent thug Tomas Ferreira from Glossop abused Bichon Frise Skye repeatedly and so severely she suffered multiple broken bones and lost an eye
Skye, who was already blind in one eye, lost her sight altogether after being beaten with a pole by evil Thomas Ferreira

When the RSPCA visited Ferreira’s then home in Gamesley, which is near Glossop, Derbyshire, they discovered blood splatters around the house and a number of metal poles with blood on them, including one with white hair on it.

Violent thug Tomas Ferreira from Glossop abused Bichon Frise Skye so severely she suffered multiple broken bones and lost an eye. This blood spattered pole was found at his home
Blood=spattered pole was recovered from Ferreira’s property in Glossop

Skye was rescued by a member of the public who saw her in a distressed state and took her to Victoria Veterinary centre in Glossop where she was given pain relief and the RSPCA were alerted.

Inspector Nichola Waterworth went to collect Skye and she was taken to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital where the extent of her injuries were discovered.

Veterinary staff were worried that the fractured jaw may have been beyond repair as it was an older injury but Skye was able to recover by wearing a special muzzle for a month which held the broken bones in place while they healed.

Ferreira was found guilty causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by the infliction of a blunt force trauma and physical violence.

Ferreira has a history of violence and in November 2017, when he was living in Taunton, Somerset, faced charges of assault against two women and a man. The outcome of his trial is unknown.

Skye has since been rehomed and is said to still be an affectionate and confident dog, despite her ordeal.

Inspector Waterworth said: “The member of the public who rescued the dog said she looked broken and was really concerned for her well-being.

“How she survived such horrific attacks is unbelievable really but she had so many injuries and broken bones there was a real concern she wouldn’t pull through.

“But she is a brave little character and despite having her ruptured eye removed, making her completely blind, she also had to wear a special muzzle for 24 hours a day, seven days a week and eat with it on – she went through all this and has made an amazing recovery.

“The jail sentence shows violence against animals, like Skye, will not be tolerated. I am delighted to say she has now been re-homed into a loving environment where she is being given the life she deserves.

“Despite her blindness she is confident and still likes to get out and about and explore and she is so affectionate.”

Sentence:
Jailed for 18 weeks; ordered to pay £150 victim surcharge. Banned for life from keeping animals.

Manchester Evening News

Basildon, Essex: Arnold Dawson and Kerry Lee Dowson

#TheList Arnold Dawson, born c. 1989, and Kerry Lee Dowson, born c. 1984, both of 36 Armada Close, Basildon SS15 5GP – for cruelty towards a kitten who was injured six times in eight weeks

Convicted pet abusers Arnold Dawson and Kerry Dowson were banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
Convicted pet abusers Arnold Dawson and Kerry Dowson were banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Dawson and Dowson admitted failing to meet the welfare needs of a black male kitten called Binx by not protecting him from recurrent injury.

The court heard Binx had been taken to the vet six times in eight weeks with injuries consistent with blunt force trauma particularly to the head.

An expert witness report found that Binx had a number of injuries and some were very severe causing large swellings to the head, fracture of the skull, a rib fracture and internal bleeding within the eyes.

The injuries to the kitten’s eyes resulted in eventual blindness.

Photo of convicted pet abuser Arnold Dawson.
A dog in the care of Arnold Dawson and Kerry Dawson had also sustained serious unexplained injuries, resulting in her being put to sleep.
Kerry Dowson
Vision of loveliness: animal abuser Kerry Dowson

The explanations given by Dawson and Dowson for the possible cause of injuries suffered by Binx were not consistent with their severity and the expert concluded that Binx had been subject to repeated incidents of intentional injury.

The court was also told the couple’s previous pet, a dog called Honey, had a similar pattern of unexplained injuries in her medical history which sadly resulted in Honey being put down.

Speaking after the case RSPCA Inspector Adam Jones said: “Binx was taken to a vet by the owner on six occasions over an eight week period, with injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.

“A deprivation order was made and Binx has now been signed over into the care of the RSPCA. We will now look to find him a new home.

“He really is the sweetest boy, despite the injuries he has suffered. He is now blind as a result of the cataracts, but this doesn’t seem to restrict him and he is still just the loveliest cat you could meet. I am certain he will make someone a wonderful addition to their family.”

Despite initially denying the charge, both Dawson and Dowson admitted one count each of failing to protect Binx from recurrent injury.

Sentencing:
Dawson – 12-month community order, 200 hours of unpaid work, a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to take part in a thinking skills programme.

Dowson – 12-month community order, a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and a six-month curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am.

Both were disqualified from keeping all animals for 10 years and each ordered to pay £600 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

Southend Standard

Duston, Northampton: Brendan Gaughan

#TheList Brendan Gaughan, born c. 1986, most recently of Mendip Road, Duston, Northampton NN5 – dismembered seven pet cats and left remains in plastic bags on their owners’ driveways

Northampton cat killer Brendan Gaughan and one of his victims, Rusty.
Northampton cat killer and one of his victims, Rusty. A serial arsonist, Gaughan also harboured thoughts of raping and murdering women but the Judge did not label him as ‘dangerous’ ..

Serial arsonist and cat mutilator Brendan Gaughan was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court for a campaign of attacks across the town in the past two years.

Gaughan was caught after an overnight arson spree in June 2018 in which he caused at least £375,000 of damage that destroyed family cafe The Arc, three rough sleepers’ tents and a disused office.

But when he came to court, he asked that 15 other offences were taken into account when he was jailed – namely, a debauched series of cat mutilations and a string of arson attacks in Duston.

The court heard how between August and November 2017 Gaughan targeted and killed seven family pets across Northampton.

He claims the first two were out of ‘spite’ for the owners – but he found the attacks left him ‘satisfied’ and he went on to kill four more in the space of just 10 days.

Nearly every time, Gaughan would set out between 1am and 2am searching for cats, before encouraging them to come near.

He then strangled them, dismembered the bodies and left them on their owner’s driveways or front gardens in plastic bags for them to find.

Cat Deaths

  • The body of Rusty was left in a bag on the owner’s doorstep in Northampton
  • Cat Topsy was left outside the owner’s home in the Kingsley area
  • Dead cat in a plastic bag was found in a garden in Chewton Close Duston
  • Mutilated body of a cat was found in Duston
  • Dismembered cat was discovered in Duston
  • Dismembered cat was found in a plastic bag on a doorstep in Mendip Road
  • Cat mutilated and left on car roof in Northampton

Prosecutor Matthew Rowcliffe QC said: “After doing it, he would feel satisfied for hurting [the families].

“But in November 2017, he ‘got bored of harming animals’ and turned his interests to starting fires.”

During an arson spree, Gaughan destroyed three tents, damaged the Outpost Café and its recycling bins and The Ark floating restaurant, both on Bedford Road, set fire to wheelie bins at the Edward Green Shoe Factory, a Vauxhall van and the Bray Learning and Development Centre at St Andrews Hospital.

In court today, the prosecutor shared something Gaughan said during a psychiatric assessment while he was in custody.

Mr Rowcliffe QC said: “[Gaughan] told his psychiatrist he had had thoughts of other kinds of offending, like entering women’s houses, raping them and killing them. He has never done this, but had had thoughts of doing it.”

Gaughan’s defence barrister, Mr Guy Williamson QC, told the judge: “He has expressed extreme regret and is ashamed of his actions, and understands the psychological, financial and physical harm and distress he has caused.

“This is a case of a man with mental health issues that feels isolated and vulnerable in the community in which he lives.

“He felt nothing towards the cats he was killing and he denies feeling any pleasure derived from these crimes.”

But His Honour Judge Roger Tregilgas-Davey said: “The starting of fires by you was deliberate. And in every case, you did nothing but watch. You failed to help extinguish them or alert emergency services.

“These were deliberate and persistent. When a fire did not take, you would make more effort to relight it.”

However, at sentencing, the judge did not rule Gaughan as ‘dangerous’ – and could only add three months to his jail term for the cat killings.

Judge Tregilgas-Davey said: “Any violence has been towards animals and not towards humans.

“In regard to the cat mutilations… I want to make it clear they are they are distasteful. They are distressing. I do not lose sight of that. But any sentence I can impose is limited no matter how many [you killed].”

Sentencing:
Jailed for 44 months including just 3 months for killing the seven cats. 

Northamptonshire Chronicle
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