Sussex

Burgess Hill man sentenced for fatally injuring kitten

Tiny Tim Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption Tiny Tim was so badly injured that he had to be put to sleep

A man has been given a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping animals after an 11-week-old kitten died from head and abdomen injuries.

Norman Wilson, 48, of Oakenfield, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, had previously admitted animal welfare offences towards Tiny Tim.

Wilson was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail, suspended for a year, when he appeared before Brighton magistrates.

The RSPCA said Tiny Tim was so badly injured he had to be put to sleep.

Image copyright EDDIE MITCHELL
Image caption Norman Wilson was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail, suspended for a year

A pathology and veterinary report showed the kitten had suffered non-accidental injuries described as "blunt force injury".

Wilson was also given a 20-day rehabilitation order and told to pay £425 costs.

The RSPCA said Wilson's wife, Carrone Wilson, 49, pleaded guilty at a hearing earlier this month to an offence under Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 of failing to protect the kitten from pain, suffering, injury and disease by not exercising reasonable care and supervision, resulting in him receiving non-accidental injuries.

She was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £200 costs when sentenced, in her absence, on 15 June.

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