I hope the little sh*ts get a decent amount of time in jail. How could you even represent these idiots? They were trying to impress their peers? How is that justification??!!!
That poor old man ... and Alice
An elderly, half-blind cat had a noose placed around its neck before being strung over a bridge by two teenagers, a Melbourne Children's Court heard today.
The boys' lawyers argued in court on Tuesday that the pair, aged 14 and 16 at the time of the killing, were trying to impress friends, including girls who were with them.
The younger of the pair started laughing when he appeared in a Melbourne children's court, infuriating a magistrate.
The boy, who brought a large group of friends with him to the court, was told by the magistrate: "Do you think this is some sort of joke? Get out."
His lawyer later apologised, claiming the boy was nervous.
But the magistrate asked if his client was aware the victim's owner was in the court.
"I will not tolerate contemptuous behaviour, and it will result in a period of detention if he displays it," the magistrate said.
The boy joked with his friends outside the court and posed for a television news cameraman.
The court heard the pair lured a cat from a front yard outside a house in Craigieburn, in Melbourne's outer north, in April 2008.
They took it to a nearby bridge, where the 14-year-old boy tied a rope around the cat's neck.
They threw the cat off the bridge while holding onto the rope, choking the animal to death, and left it hanging from the bridge.
The cat's owner, 72-year-old grandfather Edwin Townsend, was in court and said his pet, Alice, had been part of the family for 20 years.
"It has caused us a fair bit of distress and been a very traumatic experience, particularly for my grandchildren and my wife," he told reporters outside court.
"It makes you wonder, who could stoop that low?
"I would just like to ask them why they did it. Why, why?
"It doesn't prove anything, it doesn't make you a bigger man than you are or anything like that."
The boys had answered "no reason" when asked by police to explain their actions, the court heard.
The magistrate told the lawyer of the older boy that he was "going to lock him up" because the crime was so violent.
"I appreciate that your client doesn't want a term of detention, but I've got a job to do and I'm going to do it," he said.
"If he spends time in custody/detention and doesn't offend again, great."
The boys will return to court in February to be sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated cruelty to an animal.