After a two-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court in England, a sadistic “animal lover” who cuddled kittens before torturing them has been found guilty. Aaron Barker, 26, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to pets and has been jailed for five months.
According to the Sun, the bizarre and disturbing story began with a four-month-old kitten named Panther; Barker sent pictures of him cuddling the kitten on social media “Whatsapp”. The two kittens had been adopted from the Cats Protection League ten days before they were killed and had been registered to Barker’s nurse girlfriend, Verity Castle. The kittens had been rescued from an abandoned shed and had been featured on a television show as available for adoption:
Both Panther and the other kitten, named Baby, were tortured and bludgeoned to death; the kittens tried desperately to escape. Veterinarians described their injuries as having been punched, dragged, kicked and thrown into a wall. When questioned by authorities about the death of the kittens, Barker lied, stating they had been killed by a mysterious intruder while he had been at work and when he found them, he tried to revive them – “giving one the kiss of life.” Damage to the claws of the kittens indicated to authorities the little ones had tried desperately to escape during the vicious attack.
Prosecutors at Barker’s trial stated the mental care worker had been left unstable after dealing with violent patients. Barker denied the allegations. During the trial, RSPCA prosecutor Paul Wright stated Panther suffered a fractured skull and blood on the brain. Baby, the black and white kitten, suffered five broken ribs and a ruptured spleen.
Barker has an alleged history of mistreating animals. One disturbing charge described him tying a gerbil to a ceiling fan. He was also accused of killing two hamsters and a cat named Milo.
Castle continues to defend her boyfriend despite her family’s concern for the young woman’s safety. Barker was jailed last week and is also banned from keeping pets for life.
Rest in peace innocent little ones.
(Photos of sadistic “animal lover” via screenshots by Daily Mail)
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