Teen is spared jail over ‘Mice And Men’ cat killing

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY RACHAEL MCMEN­EMY rachael.mcmen­e­myreach­plc.com @SeftonE­cho

ATEENAGER who bat­tered a kit­ten and left it in ag­o­nis­ing pain be­fore it died has been spared jail.

Gary Chad­wick, 19, killed Smokey, a tiny grey and white cat, af­ter he hit her so hard at his Skelmers­dale home that he caused mul­ti­ple frac­tures, kid­ney dam­age and sig­nif­i­cant bruis­ing.

A carer for Chad­wick, who has mul­ti­ple men­tal health con­di­tions, dis­cov­ered the kit­ten af­ter she saw it strug­gling to use its front legs and heard it wail­ing in pain be­fore it died.

She said that Chad­wick was act­ing “shifty” and claim­ing that the cat al­ways made those noises when it used the lit­ter tray.

The carer left the house and called the RSPCA to re­port Chad­wick for an­i­mal cru­elty.

Chad­wick pleaded guilty to caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to a pro­tected an­i­mal at Liver­pool Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 3.

He was given a two-year con­di­tional dis­charge and banned from keep­ing an­i­mals for 10 years.

The kit­ten prob­a­bly suf­fered for “many hours” ac­cord­ing to the vet who car­ried out the post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion.

The court heard that when in­ter­viewed Chad­wick claimed that he had only ever slapped Smokey once dur­ing her short life but said he never threw or kicked the kit­ten.

Dis­trict Judge Wendy Lloyd said the case was “rem­i­nis­cent of Len­nie in Of Mice And Men”.

In the John Stein­beck novel, Len­nie is a men­tally dis­abled char­ac­ter who ac­ci­den­tally kills a puppy while stroking it later do­ing the same to a wo­man.

The court heard how Chad­wick needed daily vis­its from car­ers be­cause he was “not ca­pa­ble of run­ning his own life”.

Chad­wick, who has autism, had also pre­vi­ously been on med­i­ca­tion for schizophre­nia and had also had a re­cent di­ag­no­sis of psy­chosis af­ter a hospi­tal visit, for which he is wait­ing for treat­ment, the court was told.

David Lloyd, de­fend­ing, told Liver­pool Mag­is­trates’ Court: “I don’t think he in­tended to de­lib­er­ately hurt the kit­ten.”

He added: “He has asked me to in­form the court, to say he was fond of the kit­ten.”

Insp Joanne McDon­ald said: “We will never know the ex­act de­tails of how the kit­ten came to have these in­juries but from what the ex­pert wit­nesses told the court it must have been ter­ri­ble. Smokey was only 20 weeks old and the suf­fer­ing she must have en­dured af­ter the at­tack must have been ter­ri­ble.”

Gary Chad­wick out­side Liver­pool Mag­is­trates’ Court

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