Man pleads guilty to beating hedgehog to death with a brick
A man who beat a hedgehog to death with a brick has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Liam Aitken (DOB 6/5/93), of Wood Lane, Wallasey, pleaded guilty at Wirral Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday 30 August) to one offence under the Wild Mammals Protection Act of causing unnecessary suffering to a hedgehog by crushing the animal to death.
The court heard that Aitken threw a brick at the hedgehog six times until it died because he was angry after having an argument with his girlfriend.
The incident happened on 12 May this year on Wood Lane.
Magistrates gave Aitken a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and told him to pay costs of £835 and a £115 victim surcharge.
RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said: “This stomach-churning act of cruelty was witnessed by a member of the public, who saw him throwing a brick at something. When they went out to investigate they were shocked to see it was a hedgehog.
“A post mortem examination carried out on the hedgehog showed that he had multiple fractures and a ruptured abdomen. Clearly he would have suffered significantly from this trauma.
“When I interviewed Aitken, he said that the hedgehog had actually tried to get up and move after being hit for the third time. He also said he did not know why he did it.
“If you have had an argument with someone and are angry, it is always a good idea to take a walk to calm down – but you certainly should not take it out on a vulnerable animal. What Aitken did is very disturbing behaviour which we have taken very seriously.”
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