Bedfordshire man jailed for 'gratuitous' dog attacks

A 30-year-old man from Bedfordshire, whose partner filmed him repeatedly beating the family dog before reporting the attacks to police, has been jailed.

Konrad Kocjan, of Hertford Road, Bedford, was sentenced after the court saw footage of him whipping the dog and hitting its head against a wall.

District Judge Kenneth Sheraton described the attacks as "gratuitous" and "purposeful".

Kocjan was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison at Luton Magistrates' Court.

District Judge Sheraton added: "I have to say that I am no enthusiastic lover of animals and, from time to time, I see cases of ill treatment come before the court.

"This is, in my view, one of the worst I have seen."

'Irresponsible and wrong'

The court heard an expert who examined the film of Kocjan's female Staffordshire bull-terrier cross found the attacks would have caused "physical and mental distress and suffering", but that the dog was left with no long-term wounds.

Parminder Matharu, for the defence, said his client accepted the attacks had been "irresponsible and wrong".

The dog had caused injuries to Kocjan's son, Mr Matharu said, but the court heard there was no medical report to substantiate that claim.

Kocjan was told that depending on his behaviour, he would be released from prison halfway through his sentence. He was also disqualified from keeping animals in future.

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