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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)

Shirley, Solihull: Samuel Johnson

#TheList serial domestic abuser Samuel Thomas Johnson, born 04/06/1985, of Ashwell Drive, Shirley, Solihull B90 3LR – kicked a dog repeatedly during a drunken and drug-fuelled attack on his girlfriend; traumatised dog put to sleep weeks later

Violent thug Samuel Johnson booted Staffy Rosie repeatedly as she desperately tried to protect her owner from a vicious drug and alcohol-fuelled attack
Violent thug Samuel Johnson booted Staffy Rosie repeatedly as she desperately tried to protect her owner from a vicious drug and alcohol-fuelled attack

Former soldier Johnson, who was previously cautioned for domestic violence against another woman, threw his girlfriend to the floor and strangled her before kicking Staffy Rosie as she desperately tried to protect her owner

The woman’s young son was upstairs while Johnson battered her and Rosie. The brave and loyal dog was left so traumatised by the vicious attack, she had to be put down by the vets just months later.

Serial domestic abuser Sam Johnson also attacked a dog, who later had to be put down
Serial domestic abuser Sam Johnson also attacked a dog, who later had to be put down

In passing sentence, the judge said Johnson had the power to inflict serious damage with his fists along with an issue with his temper.

He touched upon his ‘worrying’ history of two other actual bodily harm (ABH) offences, one inflicted upon a previous partner, and said future girlfriends needed ‘protecting’.

Despite this the judge concluded by wishing Johnson “all the best” as he passed a suspended sentence.

The court heard Johnson is now seeing a psychiatrist in relation to his time in the army, though his defence solicitor said the most recent assault could not entirely be attributed to his traumas.

Sentencing: four-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months. 30 days of rehabilitation activity and a structured intervention for domestic abuse course. 10-year restraining order. No ban on keeping animals was imposed.

Birmingham Mail

Niddrie, Edinburgh: Gwendoline Richardson

#TheList Gwen Richardson, born 10/01/1961, of Hay Drive, Niddrie, Edinburgh EH16 – failed to treat her elderly dog’s serious skin disease and cancerous lumps

Neglected dog Max
Max’s owner failed to take him to the vet for treatment despite his poor condition

Gwendoline Richardson was prosecuted for cruelty to her 14-year-old dog Max following a Scottish SPCA investigation.

She allowed the dog to develop a serious skin condition and growths over the course of five years without seeking veterinary treatment.

Richardson admitted the offence at under Section 19 (2) (a) and (b) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 but was admonished.

Neglected dog Max
Max was sadly put to sleep

Scottish SPCA chief inspector Paul Anderson said: “A member of the public contacted our animal helpline after becoming concerned about Max’s condition.

“We attended Richardson’s address and examined Max. He had extensive hair loss from ribs to tail plus several lumps on his body, the most prominent being a tumour on his spine.

“While we were there, Richardson told us she hadn’t taken Max to the vet for around five years.

“It was clear that Max’s chronic skin condition and growths needed urgent veterinary attention.

“We removed the dog from the premises and immediately took him to a vet.

“The examination revealed he had severe skin disease with associated hair loss and thickening of the skin.

“The lumps did not cause Max any discomfort when manipulated. He also had an infection in both ears which was most likely a flea infection with secondary yeast infection.

“Max was taken to one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres to receive the care and medication he needed.

“Sadly, on veterinary advice, Max had to be put to sleep due to a cancerous lump in his jaw.

“We’re disappointed Richardson did not receive a sentence in this case but we are pleased she was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Max.

“We hope this makes her think about her ability to care for animals in the future.”

Sentencing: admonition (a type of punishment by which an accused person will be discharged after warning him/her that if the offense is committed again s/he would be punished with severity). No ban.

Edinburgh Evening News

Harrogate, North Yorkshire: Brash Bullows

#TheList Brash Bullows, born c. 1994, no fixed abode, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire – hurled a box of ferrets at passing cars after downing ten pints of beer

Police mugshot of Brash Bullows

Social outcast Brash Bullows jumped on car bonnets, smashed windscreens and punched one shocked driver in a frenzied boozed-up rampage.

The aggressor, who lives in the North Yorkshire woods, flew into a rage when he was refused ‘a lift’ from several motorists who were queuing in traffic.

A court heard the defendant screamed and swore at one driver as their petrified eight-year-old granddaughter sat in the backseat.

Burrows was chased down by members of the public and detained until the police arrived.

Nine vehicles were damaged in total, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage during the incident.

Burrows admitted nine counts of criminal damage and was jailed for 21 months.

The court heard that Bullows had 27 previous convictions for 49 offences including serious violence.

In March 2019, he was given a 17-month suspended prison sentence after charging at a man with a knife and aiming the weapon at his head.

It is understood there were no injuries to the ferrets, who were taken in by the RSPCA following the incident.

Daily Mail

Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire: Paul Whitehead

#TheList Paul Whitehead, born c. 1972, of Ravendale Street South, Scunthorpe – failed to get veterinary attention for his desperately ill dog

Paul Whitehead

Eight-year-old Yorkie/poodle cross Tootsie was so poorly that vets felt they would need to put her to sleep as soon as RSPCA officers brought her to them in March 2019.

Her owner, Paul Whitehead, admitted causing pain or suffering to the animal by not ensuring veterinary attention.

Rachel Taylor, prosecuting, told the court that Whitehead’s former partner alerted the RSPCA when she saw Tootsie.

Neglected dog Tootsie

RSPCA inspector Kate Burris took the dog to a vet, where it was found that her weight had gone from 7.6kg to 3.9kg.

The vet recommended the dog should be put down because she was so unwell. She had been suffering for months from a disease which prevented enzymes from digesting food.

Tootsie was excreting blood but Whitehead had not got proper treatment for the animal, even though he had tried feeding her.

Tootsie died three days after being taken to a vet and had suffered significant pain.

Paul Whitehead

The RSPCA began an investigation and interviewed Whitehead. Vets who had previously cared for Tootsie said they remembered her being a “chunky” dog.

Inspectors also checked the owner’s two other dogs but they were found to be in reasonable health.

It was revealed in court the owner suffered from multiple sclerosis and had bi-polar disorder.

A report by a probation officer revealed he had been targeted by vandals who branded him a “paedo” and smashed his windows.

The report said: “He admits he did not give enough attention to the dog and he is sorry. Dogs are his life.”

For Whitehead, Peter Cruickshank said: “Mr Whitehead loves his dogs. He had loved his dog for six years. It suffered from a pancreatic disease.

“This is not a case of deliberate neglect or suffering. He accepts he did not do enough. He wishes he had done more.

“He is sorry and misses Tootsie.”

He added that Whitehead had broken up with his partner and his life was in “emotional turmoil.”

Whitehead had owned dogs for 20 years previously.

Mr Cruickshank said: “He gave well-intentioned but incompetent treatment. It is an isolated incident. He is at a low risk of harm and has a long history of happy dog ownership.

“It is a sad case. He was overwhelmed by his condition.”

Whitehead was allowed to keep his other dogs Chester and Ziggy because there was no evidence that they were being neglected.

Magistrates also said there was insufficient evidence to prevent Whitehead from looking after dogs in the future.

Sentencing: 12-month community supervision order with a 12-week curfew. Ordered to pay costs of £500.

GrimsbyLive

Richhill, Armagh: Keith Wilkinson

#TheList Keith Leslie Wilkinson, born c. 1976, of 5 Mullansilla Road, Armagh BT61 9HN – kicked a tiny dog with such force she was launched into the air and landed halfway down the garden

Violent dog abuser Keith Leslie Wilkinson from Armagh, Northern Ireland
Violent dog abuser Keith Leslie Wilkinson from Armagh, Northern Ireland

Wilkinson pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after attacking the Shih-Tzu during an argument with his wife.

Prosecution outlined that on November 26, 2019, police arrested Wilkinson at his home after he was alleged to have kicked the dog.

During a first interview, following his arrest, Wilkinson denied the offence but later made admissions after viewing CCTV.

Defence barrister Patrick Taggart stated that the defendant had “kicked out” following an argument with his wife.

He said: “Mr Wilkinson helps his wife at her kennels at their home. That is effectively what he lives for.

“He had an argument with his partner and lashed out at the dog. He did not believe it himself until he was shown the CCTV.”

Deputy District Judge Kennedy commented: “He would not have done it to a bigger dog. It would take a brave man to take on a larger dog.”

Speaking from the dock, Wilkinson said: “I am disgusted with myself.”

Mr Taggart stated: “Tempers had been raised. Once he watched the CCTV, well, he outlined his feelings better than me.

“He was initially not allowed to return to the family home. This was varied but then he was not allowed to have contact with animals.”

Deputy District Judge Kennedy stated: “I accept that this was a one-off offence, given the references I have been furnished with from various people in business and from religious ministries.

“Something must have come over you and the rage caused you to kick this Shih Tzu. Had this been a bigger dog like a Rottweiler you may have met your match.”

Sentencing: ordered to pay a fine of £250, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 20 weeks.

ArmaghI

Malton, North Yorkshire/Hunslet, Leeds: Michael Price and Shannon Hanrahan

#TheList Michael Patrick Price, born 07/05/1991, of 24 Lime Tree Avenue, Malton YO17 7BZ, and partner Shannon Hanrahan (aka Shannon Price) born 04/06/1993, of Kidacre Park travellers site, Kidacre Street, Leeds LS10 1BD – abandoned several animals at Appleby Horse Fair

Animals abandoned and mistreated by gypsies Michael Price and Shannon Hanrahan
Gypsies Michael Price and Shannon Hanrahan mistreated animals and birds in their care

RSPCA inspectors were alerted after a passer-by saw that a pony had been left tethered beside the A685 just outside of Kirkby Stephen while two dogs were running loose near to two empty kennels.

None of the animals were being supervised or looked after, and the pony had no access to drinking water. Another dog – found in a cage without bedding – had no clean drinking water.

RSPCA inspector Claire Little said: “On Friday 31st May, whilst on duty in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, my colleague and I received a request from the police to help with some animals.

“As we arrived at the location I saw a brindle lurcher-type dog and what appeared to be a collie-type dog amongst the traffic and the police were trying to catch them.

“We pulled over and I managed to secure the dogs and get them into our van for safekeeping whilst we approached the police officers.

“It was explained to us that the owners of the dogs were believed to be the occupants of a caravan on the side of the road and that they were in Bradford.

“The dogs were wearing collars but there was no tethering equipment of any kind and a small caged area measuring approximately 2 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft with no lid was the only possible living area I could see for them. There was no shelter available for the cage.

“The police were concerned regarding some birds in cages they had seen inside a van next to the caravan so my colleague went to look at those – they turned out to be wild goldfinches.

“I then saw a small cream Lhasa Apso-type dog that appeared young, inside a metal cage at the side of the road. The cage had a lid that was secured but there was no shelter and the dog was laying on wet grass with no access to water. As the weather was wet I was concerned about the dog as they appeared to be shivering.

“A grey shetland pony tethered with a length of blue nylon rope tied around their neck was nearby. The rope was so tight that I couldn’t get my finger between the rope and the neck and I was concerned that this may start to injure the pony if they remained in this situation. The rope was tied to a nearby branch of a hedge that was quite flimsy. The pony’s hooves appeared overgrown.

“The police took the three dogs and pony into possession and placed them in RSPCA care.”

Michael Patrick Price admitted not ensuring the needs of the pony were met, and the same charge for a lurcher dog and a collie cross.

He also admitted having two goldfinches.

His co-accused Shannon Hanrahan admitted failing to ensure the proper care of the caged dog, and illegally having the two goldfinches.

A deprivation order was placed on the pony and two dogs who will now pass into RSPCA care and be rehomed. The birds were released back into the wild.

Sentencing:
Price was given 60 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs and charges totalling £690. He was banned from owning or keeping any animal for four years.

Hanrahan was given a 14-day curfew at an address in Byker, Newcastle. She must pay also £250 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

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RSPCA News

Heysham, Morecambe, Lancashire: Daniel Brockhill

#TheList Daniel Brockhill, born 21/02/1968, of 16 Robin Crescent, Heysham LA3 2WG – for cruelty to two ponies

Daniel Brockhill from Heysham and one of the two horses he neglected
One of Daniel Brockhill’s neglected horses was underweight, depressed and riddled with lice

Brockhill, a Romany gypsy and alleged backyard breeder of diseased Staffordshire bull terriers, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to two ponies

The first animal, a dark brown cob mare, was left with a ‘stinking open wound’ caused by the tight bridle rubbing her, as well as a small cut to her nose, and areas of fur missing on the face.

The second animal, a black and white piebald cob mare, was spotted wandering in the field “aimlessly” in a dull and depressed state.

The weak and malnourished pony was not very responsive and had an elevated heartbeat and temperature. She was riddled with lice and eggs that had been present for at least 10 days, and had fecal staining on her hind legs indicating serious diarrhea.

The court was told Brockhill had only bought this pony three weeks earlier.

Prosecuting, Paul Ridehalgh told the court that a worker from World Horse Welfare had attended a field in the Twemlow Parade area of Heysham where 13 horses were kept. Most were in good body condition, but one had a bridle that was “clearly too tight” around her nose.

Mr Ridehalgh described how the worker went to loosen the bridle and discovered “a red raw open wound” under the pony’s chin. The collar had become embedded within the hair and skin and a bad smell was emanating from the wound.

The charity worker alerted the RSPCA, and when another inspector attended they became concerned about the other horse who looked too thin.

Mr Ridehalgh added: “It was displaying extremely worrying behaviour and clearly was extremely unwell.

A veterinary surgeon who examined the animals concluded both had been caused suffering by Brockhill’s failure to act.

Despite her painful injury, the first horse was bright, alert and responsive But the second was scored just one out of five on her body condition – zero being emaciated.

Brockhill agreed to sign over both horses to the RSPCA.

The thin horse gained 8kg in the four weeks she boarded with the charity

Horse abuser Daniel Brockhill

During an interview, Brockhill admitted he owned both ponies but claimed he had only owned the malnourished one for three weeks.

He said he had when he arranged transport to a field in Skipton the horse was weak and could barely walk, and that he was “appalled” by her condition.

When it was pointed out that she should have been referred to a vet, Brockhill said he was experienced in keeping horses and it was his opinion the horse just needed a ‘good feed’.

The court heard Brockhill had a conviction for animal cruelty from 2002, but of dissimilar nature.

District Judge Paul Clarke said there had been a “high level of suffering”, but recognised Brockhill had co-operated with the RSPCA.

He remarked it wasn’t “deliberate cruelty”, adding: “It comes down to competence and horse husbandry.”

Sentencing: curfew; a total of £690 costs and charges. No ban.

The Visitor

Penicuik, Midlothian: William Brown

#TheList farmer William Martin Brown, born 16/01/1961, of Herbertshaw Farm, Howgate, near Penicuik EH26 8QA – filmed by undercover officer punching and kicking sheep

Still from the undercover video footage showing Penicuik farmer William Brown abusing sheep
Still from the undercover video footage showing Penicuik farmer William Brown abusing sheep

William Brown was filmed violently abusing two male sheep by a PETA officer posing undercover as a farmworker.

In the footage, Brown can also be heard shouting “Come on ya fucking cunt” and fucking bastards” at the frightened animals.

Brown pleaded guilty to causing the protected animals unnecessary suffering by repeatedly punching and kicking them and was fined. He was not banned from owning or working with animals

Still from the undercover video footage showing Penicuik farmer William Brown abusing sheep

The Scottish SPCA said it was pleased Brown admitted the offence, but was disappointed that no ban was imposed on him by the court.

Scottish SPCA chief inspector John Chisholm said: “This is a serious case of animal cruelty by an experienced farmer. He will be fully aware that sheep experience fear and can perceive humans as a threat.

“Violently lashing out at the sheep will spread fear amongst the rest of the flock.

“We would expect anyone involved in the rearing of livestock for commercial purposes to have the highest standards of welfare and treatment.

“We are disappointed that Brown wasn’t banned from owning or working with animals but we hope this will serve as a warning that this behaviour is unacceptable and we will fully investigate any reports of cruelty towards livestock.

“We would welcome the opportunity to discuss welfare practice with the wider industry.”

Sentencing: fined £550

STV News
Daily Record

Leeds, West Yorkshire: Victoria Brooksbank and Richard Marnick

#TheList Victoria Catherine Brooksbank, born c. 1977, of 42 Severn Drive, Garforth Leeds LS25 2BB and Richard Marnick, born 19/06/1995, of The Marsh, 70 Uppermoor, Pudsey LS28 7EX – allowed a horse to “deteriorate” and suffer

Horse abusers Richard Marnick and Victoria Catherine Brooksbank from Leeds

The court heard that Marnick had been loaned a thoroughbred gelding called Archie and he paid Brooksbank, who is an experienced trainer trading under the name VB Equestrian, £80 a week to look after him at her stables in Garforth.

Archie appeared to be healthy when he arrived at the stables and Marnick paid for the full livery package, that included hay and hard feed, but after 18 months the horse was found to have deteriorated and had lost a lot of weight.

In July 2019, Archie’s original owner saw a photograph of him on social media and arranged for him to be examined by a vet.

Archie was very thin and given a body condition score of one out of five, meaning he was emaciated. The RSPCA then decided to prosecute Marnick and Brooksbank.

The court heard there had been “inadequate nutrition” and the suffering may have gone on “for weeks, possibly months”.

Archie was very thin and was given a body condition score of one out of five, meaning it was poor.

Marnick, who pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing, told the court he usually checked in on Archie once a week, but was preoccupied as he was working six days a week as a courier.

He said: “I pleaded guilty because I should have done something about it sooner. I should have removed Archie (from Brooksbank) a lot sooner than I did.”

He also said he had been speaking to a nutritionist and trying to figure how to help Archie, but the horse was taken away before he had the opportunity to help.

Horse abuser Richard Marnick from Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

A probation worker, who interviewed Brooksbank, said: “She believed the horse belonged to Mr Marnick and continuously contacted him, saying he needed more exercise, hard feed and for a nutritionist to look at the horse.”

The probation worker also said that Brooksbank “wishes she had been more forceful” with Marnick and convinced him to contact a nutritionist sooner.

Horse abuser Victoria Catherine Brooksbank from Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

The court that Brooksbank, who denied the offence but was convicted at an earlier hearing, has taken good care of the other horses in her stable for years and this case was “an anomaly”.
‘There was no desire to neglect the horse’

Presiding justice Richard Powell said: “This was unintentional.
“There was no desire to neglect the horse but I think I need to make a point now – there is only one victim in this whole affair and that’s the horse called Archie, who has been neglected.”

Addressing Marnick, he said: “You were the owner of the horse and you had taken your eye off the ball.

“You were busy with your job and you did not give enough attention to the horse.”

Mr Powell said Brooksbank had “no intention to harm the horse” but was an experienced professional who should have taken better care of the animal.

He added: “We find you more culpable, because you had day to day concern with the horse and watched it deteriorate.”

Marnick was fined a total of £532 and £300 of that money will be sent to the RSPCA.

Brooksbank was fined a total of £982 of which £750 will be sent to the RSPCA.

Neither was disqualified from owning animals.

LeedsLive