Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Lee Andrew Johnson

#TheList Lee Andrew Johnson, born 26/07/1978, previously of Weardale, County Durham, and more recently (June 2020) of 11 Hadfield Street, Wombwell, Barnsley S73 0JR – fractured a pet dog’s skull in a hammer attack.

Lee Andrew Johnson from Stanhope, County Durham, fractured Staffy Alfie's head with a hammer
Lee Andrew Johnson from Stanhope, County Durham, fractured Staffy Alfie’s head with a hammer

Johnson was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal following a trial.

Kevin Campbell, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the defendant and his partner were at her address in Tow Law on January 30, 2016.

In evidence accepted at the earlier trial, the court heard coffee was spilt and the defendant “went into a mood”.

Convicted animal abuser Lee Andrew Johnson from Bishop Auckland
Despite launching a vicious attack on a helpless dog, Lee Johnson is only banned from keeping animals for five years

The court heard he shouted at the animals then picked up a hammer from a tool box and “struck” the dog known as Alfie. Mr Campbell said it was the prosecution’s case that the Staffordshire bull terrier type dog was hit on several occasions.

“He had thrown the hammer at the dog and hit the dog’s foot,” he added. “As it was going out he kicked the dog.”

A vet’s report confirmed Alfie had bruising to his body and a number of injuries that could be “clearly seen” including marks on his head and skull fracture.

Staffy Alfie: victim of animal abuser Lee Andrew Johnson of Bishop Auckland
Lee Andrew Johnson launched a violent attack on a helpless dog named Alfie

Magistrates heard the defendant’s case in the trial was that he used the hammer in an act of self defence.

Convicted animal abuser Lee Andrew Johnson from Bishop Auckland

Johnson claimed Alfie had bitten him, and had injuries akin to a dog bite on his hand. He  claimed he reached for the hammer to release the dog’s grip.

Sentencing:
18-month community order with 30 rehabilitation days. Ordered to pay £500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping dogs for just five years (expires February 2022).

ITV News
 

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