The owner was alerted to the crime after hearing gunshots and then spotting Price loading something into the back of his van.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard police later found the 22-year-old with eight dead pheasants in his vehicle.
Prosecutor Sue Hayers said: “The injured party was at home at 9pm on January 14 when he heard what he thought sounded like silenced rifle shots. He saw a light shine in the trees and formed the opinion someone was outside.
“He saw a van parked up the road and saw someone throw something into the rear of the van. The person was holding a rifle. The vehicle pulled away.
“Police later located the van and the defendant. They recovered an air rifle, pellets and eight pheasants from the vehicle.”
When he was arrested, Price claimed he did not know the Whitmore land was private and said he intended to eat the birds.
The court heard the landowner, the Cavanagh-Mainwairing family, rears pheasants to be used in licensed shoots held on the estate, and the theft left them £320 out of pocket.
Price pleaded guilty to theft and a charge of trespassing at night with an air rifle to destroy game.
The offences put him in breach of a conditional discharge he received for another theft, when he was collecting scrap metal and took property that the owner had not agreed he could have.
Mohammed Fiaz, mitigating, said: “He has written a letter of apology for his behaviour. The reason Mr Price took the pheasants was for his own consumption. He wasn’t going to sell them on. He purchased the rifle legitimately.
“He was working as a labourer but unfortunately he lost that job a couple of weeks ago.”
Sentencing: 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £320 to the victim. He must also pay a £120 fine for breaching the conditional discharge.
#TheList Jack Butler, born c. October 1997, previously of Stanley Street in Derby DE22 and at date of sentencing Beechwood Drive, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 – caught with child and animal porn
Butler was caught with sick child abuse images and movies showing people engaged in sex acts with animals. Police came across the vile photographs and films when they raided his then address in Derby.
Analysis of Butler’s MacBook uncovered all three categories of indecent images, the most serious of which typically show young children carrying out sex acts with adults.
Derby Crown Court heard how since his arrest in October 2018 Butler has lost his university place and relocated to Norwich.
But he was spared an immediate prison term after seeking out help from a specialist charity and being deemed at low risk of re-offending.
Lauren Butts, prosecuting, said police attended Butler’s then address in Stanley Street on October 23, 2018 as an internet (IP) address from the home had been linked to downloading child abuse images.
She said analysis of his MacBook uncovered 16 extreme pornographic images showing humans and animals engaged in sexual activity.
Also found were 44 of the most serious category A indecent child images, 60 category B and 43 category C.
Miss Butts said: “It is fair to say the police got them because the defendant told them where they were.”
She did not reveal to the court the ages of the children involved
Butler was arrested and pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing the illegal images.
Gareth Gimson, mitigating, said his client has lost his university place.
He said: “He is working with a charity called ‘Stop It Now’ and receiving counselling.
“His mum and dad sit in court and he knows he has brought an incredible amount of shame not just on himself but on them.”
Sentencing: 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years. Ordered to sign the sex offender’s register for 10 years and given sexual harm prevention order restricting his computer and internet use. He is to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work and 20 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.
#TheList animal porn offender Mark Findlater, born c. 1987, of Mains of Coul Cottages, Forfar DD8 3TX
Mark Findlater was convicted in 2016 for possessing images and videos depicting sex acts between adults and dogs, cows, pigs and horses on his home computer.
Colleagues at an animal sanctuary where Findlater was working, had found a link to a bestiality website on a computer he used.
A search warrant at his home uncovered over 1,000 images and 400 videos of the sex acts. He was given a community payback order and banned from keeping animals for three years after admitting the offence, but flouted the latter restriction.
He was originally given a community payback order after he admitted possessing the extreme material between March 2011 and November 2013, but he repeatedly breached it and was warned by a sheriff he was “sorely trying” the patience of the court.
The breaches included continuing to keep animals in defiance of the ban.
Findlater’s lawyer told the court that her client recognised his failure to comply with the community order had left little option other than prison.
“Unfortunately, criminal justice feel they can no longer work with Mr Findlater and I think that decision has been made with a heavy heart,” she said.
“They really feel they are at the end of the road.”
She added: “He would be someone who would be very vulnerable in a custodial setting.
“Custody is something that frightens him, he is honest about that,” added the solicitor, who asked the court to consider a restriction of liberty order curfewing Findlater to his mother’s home.
Sheriff Murray told the accused: “When I first sentenced you I said these were horrendous offences.
“I said then that the choice was between what would be, because of the number of images, a relatively brief custodial sentence, or a lengthy community payback order.
“I think you understand a restriction of liberty order is nowhere near serious enough to deal with this, and in my mind there is no alternative to custody,” said the sheriff.
He jailed Findlater for seven months and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
#TheList Dean Williams, born 15/03/1980. of 13 Clos Y Ffynnon, Pontprennau, Cardiff CF23 8HW – hurled a small French bulldog to the floor from above his head before punching her several times.
Construction worker Dean Williams, whose long list of previous convictions includes rape as well as dishonesty, violence and motoring matters, threw the French bulldog, named Koda, to the ground and punched her in the head before being chased down by a witness on a busy Cardiff street.
Cardiff Magistrates Court heard how 39-year-old Williams was later found lying on the ground trying to entice the “cowering” dog from underneath a car after she had ran off in the early hours of May 4, 2019.
Williams claimed Koda “jumped out” of his arms but magistrates said his version of events was not “credible in any way” and found him guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The court heard that the three witnesses all saw Williams pick up the dog and throw her to the ground near Richmond Road.
Two of the witnesses were students Sarah Bill and Emily Johnson returning home in a taxi after a night out.
Giving evidence to the court, Ms Johnson said: “I looked behind me out of the window and saw him pick it up above his head and throw her to the floor.”
She told the court she believed Williams used two hands and had picked up the dog holding two of her legs.
Ms Bill told the court she only saw Williams throw the dog when it was “about a foot” off the ground, after Ms Johnson called out.
Ms Bill then left the taxi they were travelling in to chase after Williams and the dog, to “try and get it off him because in my opinion he was inflicting pain”.
With the dog under Williams’ arm, Ms Bill said she followed them down Richmond Road and onto Gordon Road.
Ms Bill said she also saw Williams punch the dog in the head “more than three times”.
After chasing Williams, Ms Bill realised she was alone so ran back “hysterical” and calling for someone to call the police.
At this point Uber Driver Chris Inchley stopped to speak to the women after also witnessing Williams throw the dog.
At first Mr Inchley thought Williams was chasing after the dog because she was lost, but he told the court: “[Then] he picked the dog up above his head and threw it to the floor with force.”
He said he was “shocked” and that the dog “yelped”.
Mr Inchley added: “He was punching the dog to the head about four or five times. It was hard, it was very hard.”
The Uber driver then picked up the two women and they returned to Gordon Road where they found Williams laying on the floor looking for the dog.
Ms Johnson said: “When we came down we saw [Williams] lying on the floor looking under the car with a French bulldog cowering underneath. The dog was clearly in fear of this man. When the police came the dog came out.”
Police arrested Williams at the scene, and later interviewed him where he replied “no comment” to each question.
One of the officers, PC Southey, was at one point visibly upset as she gave evidence on Thursday. PC Southey described blood around the mouth of the dog and that it calmed down once Williams had been put in the police car.
A vet report found the dog had some minor injuries, including a small hemorrhage on her eye and a lesion above her eye.
Luis Williamson, defending, questioned if Ms Ball’s and Ms Johnson’s consumption of alcohol on their night out had impaired their judgement, which they both denied, and said there were inconsistencies in the evidence by the three civilian witnesses.
Mr Williamson added that the injuries of the dog were caused previously through “puppy play”.
Giving evidence, Williams said: “She jumped out of my hand and I tried to grabbing her because it was a busy road. She jumped out and I picked her back up. I’m an animal lover myself, I have had her since she was a pup. She was a family pet.”
He added that the dog was under the car only because of the number of people on the street, and denied hurting the dog or remembering interacting with Ms Ball.
In their verdict chair of the bench Martin Dennett said: “We have listened to the evidence we have heard today and while there maybe some inconsistencies, the underlying facts and descriptions are clearly articulated.
“We can clearly see there are facial injuries. We felt it suffered abuse at the hands of [Williams]. We are satisfied an attack took place and substantial in nature. We do not find your version of events credible in any way.”
Williams had pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing after being charged with one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
On Wednesday 17 July 2019 Williams appeared in court for sentencing.
The court heard Williams was alcohol-dependent and had consumed around four to five pints of lager on the day of the incident but “was not drunk”.
A report by the probation service said Williams was on anti-depressants and he told them he drinks “as much as I can get my hands on”.
Koda was rehomed with witness Sarah Bill and renamed Lola.
Sentencing: eight weeks in custody suspended for 12 months. Ordered to carry out 20 rehabilitation activity days. Total of £735 costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for three years, which was suspended for four weeks to allow his other animals to be rehomed.
#TheList sexual deviant Wayne Tarot Horkan, born 10/11/1970, of Chester Road, Castle Bromwich B36 9DP – filmed his partner having sex with a dog; collected almost 2,000 images and videos depicting bestiality involving horses and dogs
Company director Wayne Horkan admitted two charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.
Police found the businessman had downloaded 1,469 still images and 210 moving ones involving sexual acts with dogs and horses. He had also used particular search terms to look for this kind of pornography.
Mr Timothy Harrington, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the material had been downloaded between April 2014 and April 2015.
He added: “Two of the videos, it was readily apparent, involved a woman with whom the defendant had been in a relationship with.”
He continued: “He admitted he got sexual gratification from these films and had watched them on a number of occasions.”
In passing sentence Judge Melbourne Inman QC said: “Between 2014 and 2015 you downloaded imagery which it is not necessary to detail again, which are abhorrent.
“Two of them involved a lady whom you were living with which is an aggravating feature.
“There is no suggestion at all this was anything other than consensual adult behaviour.”
He said he had taken into account the significant delay involved in the case and that there had been no repetition of the behaviour.
The judge said Horkan was an intelligent man who had lost “important” employment as a result of the offence but had since set up a company with a partner.
Lynette McClement, defending, said the defendant’s initial relationship with the woman had been a financial one although that had changed.
She said: “In the course of that relationship his interest in extreme pornography was limited to that timescale. This was a shared interest.”
She said the business he had embarked upon had every chance of being successful and employed 10 people.
Sentencing: fined fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs.
Gladstone admitted a charge of bestiality, committed between May 5 and June 17 2018 in his home. He also pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornographic images of himself and the dog.
Defence solicitor Willie Young told Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood: “He had never met the man concerned. But he carried out these acts because he was coerced into committing these acts or the relationship would come to an end.
“He is sickened by his behaviour. This is a young man who has on-going needs and continuing assessment.”
Since Gladstone had been in custody for several months, Sheriff Fleetwood told him: “This time you have spent in custody is punishment enough.”
But he placed Gladstone under three years of social work supervision and ordered him to participate in a sex offender’s programme.
#TheList: Robert Goodwillie, aged 29, and partner Levi Chantelle Bissett (aka Levi Hamilton or Levi Mallett), born 26/05/1994, both of Broomhead Drive, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 9AG – for cruelty to a shih-tsu dog named Suki
Goodwillie and partner Bissett admitted that over a three-month period they caused Suki unnecessary suffering.
They failed to provide adequate veterinary treatment causing chronic skin condition, dry eye and overgrown claw issues resulting in complications with her health.
Paedophile Goodwillie, who has a previous conviction for the possession of child pornography, also admitted that at his home on April 10, 2018, he caused Suki unnecessary suffering by dragging and kicking her, launching her in the air, resulting in her landing on the ground with her legs splayed.
Suki had to be euthanised because of her poor condition.
In court for sentencing neither Goodwillie nor Bissett were represented by a solicitor.
Asked by Sheriff Craig McSherry if they had anything to say about the offences, they both shook their heads.
Despite the despicable cruelty the pair had inflicted on a helpless dog, no ban on keeping animals was imposed by the court.
Sentencing: Four-month restriction of liberty orders.
#Exposed for wildlife persecution: Lee Evans and Ryan Ryder, Wigan
Here we have permanently drunken feral savage Lee Evans (born 13/11/1987) and convicted sex offender Ryan Ryder (born 14/01/1993), both of Wigan, who share a common interest in persecuting wildlife. Often seen with dogs in the Three Sisters area of the town, these lazy, useless and sexually incontinent slobs are notorious for torturing rabbits, foxes and badgers. Their dogs bear the scars of being forced into fights with wildlife. It is believed they are also responsible for the deaths of several cats, so they are all-round stinkers.
Squinty-eyed unemployable piss-head Evans of Nicol Mere Drive, Ashton in Makerfield, is well known to the RSPCA and has had at least one dog seized from him, but refuses to change his barbaric ways. His addiction to seeing living creatures ripped apart limb from limb is just too strong.
In 2012 Evans’ partner in wildlife crime (though there are several others that may yet be exposed – your turn will come, make no mistake) Ryan Ryder, of Hunter Road in Marsh Green, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 40yo woman – a complete “stranger to him – as she was walking home after a night out. He fled the scene, leaving his victim seriously injured on the ground, but was identified by his DNA and convicted. He is now on the sex offenders register for life. Ryder now focuses his innate aggression on animals.
And despite all this both men have girlfriends. Not nice girls, you understand. I mean, how could they be?
Article originally published on the Pet Abuse UK Facebook page
=== Update January 2020: Lee Evans was given a community order after pleading guilty to assaulting his partner by beating while she was holding their baby.
The bench heard how Evans had consumed a two-litre bottle of cider and four cans of lager when he launched an abusive tirade at Danielle Howarth.
Prosecuting, Tess Kenyon said Evans accused her of cheating and told her to take the baby and get out of the house, shouting and swearing into her face.
He then punched her on her left cheek, causing the youngster to fall to the floor. She ended up with bruising on her cheek and also to her right forearm.
Ms Kenyon read out an impact statement in which Ms Howarth said: “I’m scared of him hurting my other kids. I can’t put the child and me through this anymore. I want to feel happy again and feel safe.”
Ms Kenyon said Evans had previously accused his partner of cheating and she had given a number of statements to police during their five-year relationship only to then retract them.
Defending, Adrian Palmer said his client admitted that the incident on August 2, 2019, was fuelled by alcohol consumption and this was at the root of Evans’s problems.
The court gave Palmer an 18-month community order involving alcohol treatment, 25 days’ rehabilitation activity requirements and a curfew to run for five months from 7pm until 7am.
A restraining order preventing him contacting the complainant was also placed on him. He was also ordered to pay costs of £260 and £100 compensation.