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Ex-slaughtermen jailed for pig cruelty in Essex

Two former slaughtermen caught on camera stubbing out cigarettes on the faces of pigs and hitting them in Essex have been jailed.

The two men were filmed physically abusing the animals at Cheale Meats in Brentwood in March and April last year.

Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 30, from Southend, was jailed for six weeks for animal cruelty charges.

Kelly Smith, 40, from Benfleet, was jailed for four weeks for the same offences.

'Gratuitous' behaviour

The footage was filmed by Animal Aid.

London's Westminster Magistrates' Court heard Smith, a father-of-three, hit the animals with a "pig slapper".

He hit one pig 30 times in 62 seconds, it was claimed.

Wasiuta was seen stubbing a lighted cigarette out on pigs' snouts three times in the CCTV footage, an earlier hearing was told.

Wasiuta admitted three charges and Smith admitted two, of causing unnecessary suffering under the Animal Welfare Act.

Chairman of the bench, John Newgas, told the pair their behaviour had been "gratuitous".

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