Gainsborough man guilty of ‘cooking’ cat in microwave

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A ‘BRUTAL and sadistic’ attack where a cat was killed in a microwave has landed a Gainsborough man in jail after he was found guilty of animal cruelty today (Thursday).

Paul Owen Henry, from Lea Place, denied killing the animal on 26th July 2011, when he appeared before Lincoln Magistrates Court.

However, Judge John Stobart said that the 45-year-old showed an ‘overwhelming lack of consistency throughout proceedings’.

Owner Andrew Parsons said he felt ‘sick and distraught’ when he arrived home to his Heapham Crescent address to find his cat Suzie dead in the microwave.

Henry also accused Phillip William Mathers, 34, from Theaker Avenue, Gainsborough, of killing the feline.

Mathers admitted to attending the address to take the class A drug Amphetamine with Henry and to stealing an electric razor from Mr Parsons, but was acquitted of harming the animal.

Sentencing Henry to six-months in prison and disqualifying him from owning animals, Judge Stobart described the killing as ‘despicable’.

“On 26th July, a cat was killed in a most brutal and sadistic manner,” he said.

“I can’t think of a worse case of animal cruelty or attempt to shift blame in a murder which I can only describe a loathsome’.”

He added: “I am giving the maximum sentence that I can.”

- FOR THE FULL and in-depth story, see next week’s Gainsborough Standard (available Thursday 12th January)