#TheList Reece Reed (aka Reece Howard-Reed), born c. 2000, most recently of Club Street, Kettering NN16 8RP – mutilated a prize-winning miniature horse by stabbing him 20 times; ripped the wings off three chickens
Reed, who has previous convictions for burglary and vehicle theft, attacked the animals in April 2018 after breaking into a Wellingborough farm. The farm owner was alerted by a burglar alarm at 07:30 a.m.
Prosecutor Priya Bakshi told the court: “He ran to the summer house to investigate. There he found a shovel, and saw one window had been pried open and another had been smashed.
“He peered through the window. There, he saw a man with a six-inch kitchen knife inside the chicken coop.”
The farmer scared off the armed man – Reed, who was naked from the waist down – before searching his stables to see if any animals had been hurt.
It was then that he found his daughter’s prize-winning miniature show horse Sol. His back legs and rear had been stabbed 20 times and he was bleeding heavily.
Additionally, Reed had cut the wings off of three chickens. They had to be put down.
In court, the judge heard how Sol was a prize winner worth over £3,000 and was on track to becoming a champion show horse. But following the attack, Sol was rendered unfit to compete ever again.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, Sol’s owner said: After I learned that Sol had been hurt I was devastated and heartbroken.
“Sol was and is my best friend and he will always be part of the family.”
Reed later pleaded guilty to the offence.
His defence barrister, Osmun Munir, said the 19-year-old was “remorseful and expresses sympathy for the family”.
But in sentencing, Judge Fowler was unable to jail Reed for more than two months over the mutilations – because the attacks were charged as “criminal damage” rather than, for example, animal cruelty.
He told Reed: “This episode can only be described as wholly despicable. The charges that you face today do not reflect the wickedness of your behaviour.
“This has been treated as if it were criminal damage against two inanimate objects. It isn’t. And it is in my view and error that ought to be corrected.”
#TheList Alexander Phillips, aged 18, of Barrells Down Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 – kicked, strangled and suffocated a family’s pet cat to “teach it a lesson”
Phillips, then a sixth-form boarder at Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge, West Midlands, abducted and tortured a school friend’s 10-year-old cat Mollie after she had scratched him.
Phillips repeatedly kicked Mollie, tried to strangle and drown her, before finally suffocating her and hiding her body behind a sofa.
The prosecutor said the sinister attack had ‘overtones of a Stephen King novel’, while District Judge Steven Jonas described Phillips’ actions as ‘one of the worst cases of animal cruelty I have ever come across’.
Mr Stephen Blower, prosecuting, said it was thought Phillips provoked the 10-year-old rescue cat into scratching him.
Phillips returned to the house in Stourbridge a few days later and sneaked Mollie out in a bag.
Back at his school accommodation, he ‘kicked the cat as hard as he could until he saw blood coming from her mouth’ said Mr Blower.
Then he grabbed the animal by the neck and tried to strangle her.
Half dead, the cat was put in a drawer so she would not be found while he went to play on his Xbox with the owner’s son.
Phillips later told police he also placed the animal under a tap of running water.
The court heard that when he returned to his room, the cat was dead in the drawer, either from her injuries or having suffocated.
“But the unsavoury aspects of this case don’t end there as he took the cat back to the house and placed it behind the sofa in the living room,” said Mr Blower.
Expert opinions were sought from two vets. One said the animal had suffered ‘intolerable and extreme pain and suffering’ while the other described the cat’s fate as a ‘prolonged, sadistic attack amounting to torture.’
Phillips, who continued to visit his friend’s home in Stourbridge while the cat was missing, finally confessed what he had done to the school matron who informed the family.
He claimed to love the cat but told police he ‘felt rejected’ by her after she scratched him.
Mr Patrick Currie, defending, said Phillips suffered from mental health problems, including Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD.
His father’s death from suicide had had a ‘substantial’ impact on him, leading to anger issues. Phillips had killed the cat on an ‘impulse’, he claimed.
Phillips pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and to criminal damage by destroying the animal.
Sentencing: 17 weeks in a young offenders institution.
#TheList Lewis Robert Fox, aka Lewis Monroe, born 29/03/1995, of Southsea Avenue, Minster, Kent ME12 2LU – tortured and killed four hamsters and two rats
Father-of-one Lewis Fox killed four hamsters, including three called Beano, Bud and Gizmo, and two rats. He repeatedly threw one defenceless hamster against a wall until she died, strangled another with a phone cable lead and squeezed the life out of a third.
A court heard Fox boasted of setting fire to a fourth hamster after she bit him. The next time his teenage girlfriend, Jessica Bradbrook, saw the animal, her fur was scorched and her toes had been burnt off with a lighter.
Miss Bradbrook had bought the first hamster after she and Fox discussed having a baby together. She wanted to see if he was capable of caring for an animal before trusting him with a child.
But within a week he had killed the rodent because he believed the animal ‘preferred’ her to him.
In March 2016 the scaffolder killed another hamster and sent text messages containing images of her dead body to Miss Bradbrook.
Fox later told police he had no feelings ‘for anything or anyone’, and did not even love his mother.
Fox admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal between January 1, 2015, and November 7, 2016.
He also pleaded guilty to engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship between December 30, 2015, and November 25, 2016.
This involved him burning her with a cigarette, holding a knife to her throat, pinning her down on the bed and putting his hands around her neck.
Fox also accused her of cheating while he dated other women, verbally abused her, monitored her social media accounts, told her how to dress and flirted with her friends.
“He spat in her face on many occasions but perhaps most disgustingly of all, she describes how he would pick his nose and then the bloody contents on his finger would be wiped into her hair,” said Mr Wright.
A previous court hearing was told Fox’s mother reported his behaviour to police after the couple broke up in November 2016.
A psychiatric report presented to the court diagnosed Fox with a personality disorder with left him with “callous unconcern” for others and a disregard for social norms and rules.
Jailing Fox, who also suffers from ADHD and has a history of substance abuse, Judge Julian Smith said prison was inevitable for such ‘persistent aggression and cruel behaviour’.
He added the sentence was ‘relatively moderate’ considering the impact of his offending but reflected Fox’s mental health problems.
“It was a relationship in which you quickly became controlling and undermining. You used violence and force upon her, blaming her for the injuries you caused,” he told Fox.
“You were cruel and contemptuous of her in your conduct towards her. It was distressing, it was debilitating in its effect upon her.”
Referring to the pet rodents, Judge Smith continued: “You killed them all, in various ways, each characterised by cruelty.
“It was distressing to Miss Bradbrook. You were cruel to those creatures, you were cruel to your partner.
“It is apparent you struggle to see what you have done wrong, why it is an issue. It’s just what you do.
“It’s not an excuse, it’s a worry. Your persistent aggression and cruel behaviour causes this court and the doctor that interviewed you real concern for the future.”
Fox, who has a fox tattoo on his chest, told his mother and girlfriend from the court dock that he loved them.
The couple met in December 2014 and throughout their relationship Miss Bradbrook suffered bruising from Fox pinning her down, kicking or punching her.
“If he did anything to her he would tell her it was her fault and it was she who would have to apologise. He would then tell her to forget it had ever happened,” said Mr Wright.
The court heard that on her 18th birthday in July 2015, Fox verbally abused Miss Bradbrook, threw her cake on the floor and then kicked her out of his house.
He also ‘borrowed’ £1,580 from a gift of £4,000 given to her by her father which he had saved since she was born. The money was never repaid.
In one violent incident Fox put his hand around her throat while gripping a hamster in his other hand and threatening to kill it.
Describing an occasion when she woke at 4am to find Fox with his hands around her throat, the prosecutor told the court: “She couldn’t breathe and thought she might die. He told her it would be so easy to snap her neck.”
When arrested and interviewed, he claimed he threw one hamster against a wall to kill it because it had suffered a broken leg after dropping it.
“He said the text messages (of another dead hamster) were attention-seeking, to make her feel bad that he couldn’t control her,” added Mr Wright.
“He described it as a ‘f*-up relationship. He continually stated they were just as bad as each other.
“He said he doesn’t have any feelings for anything or anyone. He said he once loved Jessica but now felt nothing, not even love for his own mother.”
Craig Evans, defending, said Fox, who has one previous conviction for a drug offence, had to give up his job because of suicidal and self-harming tendencies.
He added his family had done all they could to support Fox but he had failed to take advantage of the assistance offered by them and various organisations.
Sentencing: 14 months in jail. Banned indefinitely from keeping an animal.
#TheList Frankie Hudson (DoB 10/04/1995), Martin John Bell (DoB 08/04/1994), Dominic David Baker (DoB 27/09/1996) and Jordan Steel (DoB 20/07/1997), all originally of Seaham, County Durham – tortured a mother rabbit to death; the rabbit’s babies all died from starvation.
The female rabbit, named Percy, was stolen from her hutch and taken to a house party and abused with a picture posted on social network Instagram.
The group involved in the abuse comprised Martin Bell of 102 Parkside Crescent, Seaham, Frankie Hudson currently of 10 Langhurst, Sunderland, Dominic Baker, whose family home is 212 Station Road, Seaham but who’s currently studying at Leeds University, and Jordan Steel currently of 24 Stavordale Street, Seaham (addresses correct at July 2018).
The court heard how Hudson, Bell and Baker were already naked in a bath at the party when Steel, who had taken the rabbit from Embleton Mews in Dawdon, threw the animal in with them.
During the ordeal, Percy was washed and attempts made to shave her fur. Bell then threw her from a window.
The attack was captured on a mobile phone and later posted online.
The bench was told the rabbit, who belonged to a local family, suffered a ruptured liver, broken ribs and abdominal injuries, with the most damage caused by her dislocated head.
One of the youths had wrung the rabbit’s neck after finding her on the ground, hurt and unable to stand. Her body was then put into a bin liner and dumped.
The white lion-headed rabbit had only recently given birth to a litter of five, which died because they could not survive without their mother.
All four thugs admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Sentencing: Bell and Hudson were sentenced to an 18-month community order, with supervision, 200 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £85 costs and £50 in compensation. They were also banned from keeping animals for five years.
Baker and Steel were given 12-month referral orders, ordered to pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £15 and £50 compensation to the pet owners. They have also been banned from keeping animals for five years.
#TheList William David Streeter (known as ‘Dave’), born 28/06/1979, of Cloyfin Park, Coleraine BT52 2BL – viciously beat and strung up a one-year-old golden retriever in a terrifying two-day attack
Streeter was convicted in July 2008 of seven counts of animal cruelty and one of making threats to kill. He initially appealed against his six-month prison sentence but later abandoned this.
In October 2006 Streeter left Mac (pictured) hanging by his collar, kicked him with steel toe-capped boots and hit him with a boulder. He threatened to kill his wife two days after the dog’s death.
Mac died after Streeter put a choke chain around his neck and hung him from a rafter in his garage.
The dog suffered severe bruising and swelling to his back and head as well as two broken ribs. There was also evidence of bleeding on his brain and lungs.
Speaking to reporters after Streeter dramatically changed his plea, his ex-wife Alison McMonagle, who received overwhelming support from Rainbow Rehoming Centre as she prepared to face her violent husband in court, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the result. I always said I would put Mac to rest and I’ve done that today.”
Ms McMonagle told reporters how Streeter had changed after they married. She said: “Dave … did not like anything of his things being ruined. Mac would have dug holes. But he was only a puppy.
Ms McMonagle said the violence was sparked after Streeter accused her of spending too much money.
“He started punching and kicking [the dog] and Mac ran behind a wall. Dave lifted a boulder and threw it at him. Then he put Mac in his kennel and put a hose in and told me ‘The bastard will drown’.
“He took him into the garage and tied him by his choker chain to the roof. He came back into the house and he was laughing at me. He was saying, ‘The fucker’s claws are scraping on the ground’.
“He went upstairs and came back down in his steel toe capped boots and went back out saying, ‘The fucker will feel this here’.
“The next day he went out and hung Mac in the garage again. He kept coming back into the house and giving me reports on what was happening. He came in said, ‘That will help him, I have just put a boot in his head’ and then he came back later and told me Mac was dead.
“I didn’t believe him but when I went out to the garage and saw Mac lying there I knew he had suffered a terrible death. You could see the pain in him.”
During the two-day attack, Ms McMonagle made numerous unsuccessful attempts to help Mac.
She said: “At one stage Dave put Mac in the kennel and told me not to go near him. I was really frightened. He used to tell me he knew how to make a person disappear. He told me all he had to do was mince the body and feed it to pigs.
“Dave is a very, very sick man. That part of my life can now be buried.”
Ms McMonagle asaid she took the difficult decision to speak about her ordeal in an attempt to bring an end to domestic abuse and animal cruelty.
Sentence: Six months in jail. A 10-year ban on keeping animals (expires September 2018).