A Blackwood man has been sent to prison for 26 weeks after he was found guilty of torturing and mutilating a hedgehog.
Richard Coyle 54, of no fixed abode, appeared at Newport Magistrates’ Court for trial on Tuesday 3 November, to face two charges which he pleaded not guilty.
The first offence – under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 – was that on 27 August in 2019, in the area of Highfield Way, Blackwood, he caused unnecessary suffering to a hedgehog by cutting its legs, by burning/singeing the animal and covering the hedgehog’s head and eyes with molten candle wax.
The second offence – which comes under the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 – was that he mutilated and burned the hedgehog.
Police seized a pair of black handled scissors, candles and a jump lead, and a kitchen knife from a tent – which belonged to Coyle – at the incident location.
The District Judge sentenced him to the maximum 26 weeks imprisonment, disqualified him from keep