Porthmadog men jailed for ‘barbaric’ torture of deer
19 May 2015
Sergeant Rob Taylor of North Wales Police’s rural crime team said he felt physically sick after watching ‘horrific’ footage of the attack
A “horrific” video of two men torturing and killing a young deer left a police officer feeling physically sick, he said as the pair were jailed for the sickening attack.
Graphic images and mobile phone footage of the act were shown to magistrates today at Caernarfon, where both men were locked up for eight weeks.
Toby Humphreys, 22, was accused of holding down the animal and strangling it with his hands as the roe deer kicked its legs, trying to escape.
But prosecutor Mel Hughes said the animal had been bitten by a dog before 19-year-old Jac Parry Roberts is seen on the recording punching it hard in the face.
Mr Hughes said Humphreys stood on the deer’s neck and a female voice asked: “What’s that sh*t coming out of it?”
Roberts was accused of slitting the animal’s throat with a knife.
“The deer appears to be alive and conscious throughout,” said the prosecutor.
At least three other people were involved in the horror, one holding a lamp and another filming the scene.
Humphreys and Roberts, both of Pensyflog, Porthmadog, pleaded guilty to killing a deer at night on August 17 in Gwynedd.
The prosecutor said the cruelty came to light in December when police searching for drugs at a Porthmadog property had seized mobile phones and examined them.
Magistrates’ chairman Peter Lunt-Williams said the offence was “barbaric”.
The maximum sentence was three months custody.
Carys Parry, defending, said Humphreys was hunting rabbits when the dog caught the deer.
A probation officer added that he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was deemed unfit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Deborah Davies, solicitor for unemployed Roberts, said he was under the care of the mental health team. The probation officer said he was a drug user and spent £20 a day on cannabis.
After the two were sentenced, Sergeant Rob Taylor of North Wales Police’s rural crime team said the unpleasant case was the conclusion of a “disturbing” investigation.
He said: “This was an extreme and disturbing crime. and thankfully these type of offences are rare.
“Watching the actual video has made me feel sick. I’m appalled by the behaviour of these two individuals, which was cruel and very unpleasant.
“The North Wales Police rural crime team is extremely proactive and will pursue offenders and put them before our courts.”
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