Jail for Warrington man who beat dog to death

RSPCA used forensics to link blood on Paul Wilcock’s clothes to dead dog.

A man from Warrington has been jailed for four months and disqualified from keeping animals for life after the RSPCA used forensic evidence to prove blood on his clothes matched that of a dead dog found beaten to death at his brother’s home.

Molly, a female Jack Russell terrier, was found dead in a hallway covered with blood when police officers responded to a call about a domestic incident.

The pictures are too horrific to publish.

Paul Wilcock (DOB: 12/12/1966), was sentenced today (Thursday 23 July) at Runcorn Magistrates’ Court. As well as the prison term and disqualification, he was also ordered to pay £400 in costs.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes was called to the scene at 2am on 16 August last year. Wilcock admitted fighting with his brother, but denied beating Molly and claimed the stains on his clothes were not blood.

However, inspector Joynes sent the items of clothing to DNA forensic experts, where it was proven that there was a 100% match between the blood stains on Wilcock’s clothing and Molly.

The 48-year-old, of St Peter’s Way, subsequently admitted two offences under the Animal Welfare Act, including causing unnecessary suffering to Molly and failing to protect her from pain, suffering and injury.

A post-mortem by vets discovered Molly had suffered multiple fractures to her skull which were consistent with blunt force trauma.

Inspector Joynes said: “This case shows we leave no stone unturned when it comes to investigating animal cruelty.

“When I arrived at the scene I was horrified by what I saw. The walls and floor were covered in blood and it looked like something from a horror film.

“I struggle to comprehend the amount of pain and suffering Molly must have been subjected to. It still upsets me, almost a year later, to think about it.”

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