Update January 2020: Brazil was back in court for failing to abide by his community order. He admitted breaching a community order by failing to attend an office appointment on October 21, 2019, and unpaid work on November 24, 2019. The community order was revoked and he was dealt with for the original offence, receiving a 10-week prison sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, a bay mare, by failing to explore and address the cause of her poor bodily condition in Clappers Lane, Earnley, between August 26, 2018, and October 26, 2018.
#TheList Martin James Cox, born c. 1964, of Hook Lane, Aldingbourne, West Sussex – kicked his dog repeatedly in the ribs
Cox was walking his pet Rottweiler in Bognor Regis in the early hours of September 14, 2017, when a taxi worker saw him kicking his dog in the ribs.
Cox pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Cox said he had been at Bognor Regis beach earlier in the day with pet Rocky. He then went to a pub before making his journey home along London Road towards the railway station.
Nicole Redman, who works for Yellow Star taxis, told the court: “I was outside having a conversation with some drivers and I saw a man walking down the high street, staggering all over the place with a dog on a lead.
“My thoughts were that he was obviously drunk.
“I saw him kick the dog in the ribs at least three times. It was quite a forceful, purposeful kick like kicking a football. It upset me and made me worried for the dog.”
Ms Redman called the police after seeing the incident.
Officers arrested Cox at about 12.10am.
Giving evidence, Cox stated he had not kicked Rocky but ‘swiped along him with his foot’ to encourage him to walk in the right direction.
He added: “Rocky wanted to go towards the sea and he was pulling against the direction I was going.
“I would never kick Rocky, he is my baby and I love him.”
Giving the verdict, a magistrate said: “There is no dispute that you kicked him from the CCTV footage we have seen.
“Most reasonable people would identify what we saw as a kick.
“It is clear you have no real recall of that night, you were drunk.
“As a dog owner you should have known that the act of kicking would cause unnecessary suffering and your actions could have been avoided.”
Cox was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Sentencing: ordered to pay a total of £882. Banned from owning or looking after any animal for three years (expires May 2020).
#TheList dog breeder Urfan Ahmed, born c. 1977, of 2 Burdock Close, Crawley RH11 9EH – repeatedly breached his ban on keeping dogs even after one dog mauled his baby niece to death
Urfan Ahmed, a spray-painter, was fined for breaching a court order banning him from keeping dogs, despite being told he would be jailed if caught again. Aiding and abetting charges brought against Ahmed’s partner, hairdresser Linda Hood of Davis Close, Broadfield, Crawley were dropped and six seized dogs returned to her.
Ahmed was charged with breaching an order banning him from keeping custody of a dog after he was found with one in a field to the south of West Field Place, Lowfield Heath Road, Charlwood, on September 14, 2015.
Ahmed initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but later changed his plea.