November 10, 2016
Two more men found guilty of killing deer at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court
Two men have been found guilty of killing deer and one charge of animal cruelty in a case at Plymouth Magistrates Court.
Philip Cross, 36, of Tonypandy in the Rhondda and Daniel Ravenscroft, 37, of Grange Road, Buckfast, each denied counts of killing deer at night at trial on September 7.
Cross also pleaded not guilty at the trial to causing unnecessary suffering to a lurcher by failing to get it treated for a broken leg.
However, in examination of evidence heard on November 9, both men were found guilty on all counts by a district judge on November 10.
Cross’ dog, a black and white lurcher named Judge, was ruled to have been caused unnecessary suffering by Cross after he failed to return the animal to a vet after it broke its leg and failed to continue its pain medication, from November 13 to 18, 2014.
Cross was also found guilty of the charge of killing a deer on on November 21, 2014.
Ravenscroft has been found guilty of the charge of killing a deer on October 24, 2014.
Nine men have previously admitted killing deer in Devon as part of the trial.
All nine men, from Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Wales, were prosecuted at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on September 7 after investigators obtained video evidence.
Graham Coombes, aged 41, of Abbey Road, Bovey Tracey, pleaded guilty to three counts of intentionally killing deer at night on different dates in 2014. He pleaded guilty to two counts of willfully killing a badger and one of willfully injuring a badger.
Coombes admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a pig by attacking it with a dog.
He pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a terrier called Marley by failing to treat its injuries.
Oliver Blatch, aged 27, of Sturminster Newton, Dorset, and 29-year-old Kenneth Danes of Culmhead near Taunton pleaded guilty to two counts of killing deer at night.
Gethyn Durham, aged 27, of Cymbran, Gwent, admitted one count of killing a deer. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a pitbull-type dangerous dog and five charges of keeping other dogs in an unsuitable environment.
Brian Forrest, aged 40, of Kingston St Mary, near Taunton, and Dean McGrath, aged 29, of Cwmbran, each admitted a single count of killing deer.
Joseph O’Connor, aged 23, of Pontardawe near Swansea, admitted three charges of killing deer in 2014.
Pheon Radford, aged 22, of Ystrad in the Rhondda Valley, pleaded guilty to killing a deer and caused unnecessary suffering to a dog. He failed to go to a vet to treat a lurcher’s jaw injury.
Ryan Robinson, aged 20, of Foundry Court in Chudleigh, admitted taking a deer without the consent of the owner. He also pleaded guilty to killing a deer on another date.Some of the offences, carried out in unspecified locations, were committed jointly by the defendants.
This brings the total amount of defendants found guilty in the case to 11 who will all be sentenced at Plymouth Magistrates’ court on December 6 with custodial sentences planned.
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