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article imageMan jailed for putting cat in microwave

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 5, 2010 in Crime
Torquay - The man who put a cat in a microwave, tumble drier and freezer, and then dunking it in water, has been sentenced to 126 days on jail and banned from owning an animal for 10 years.
Colin Sherlock, 44, from Newton Abbot, Devon, had filmed the cruelty with his mobile phone in May.
He and two youths who had been with him sent it to their friends' phones. One of the people who received it took it to police, who were able to identify Sherlock by a tattoo.
The video showed him putting his nephew’s black and white cat, Roxy, in a microwave and turning it on for eight seconds, pushing it into a drier which is spun for seven second, placed in a freezer for 20 seconds, and then dunked in a bowl of water.
Torquay Magistrates' Court heard that the attack happened at a house in Teignmouth.
The BBC reported that John Wyatt, prosecuting, said the cat is now “extremely nervous and has suffered serious mental trauma."
Alisdair James, who defended Sherlock, said the man was "ashamed" and "gutted."
"I am pleased with the sentence. It sends out a clear message that anyone who carries out acts of cruelty will face justice,” the BBC quoted RSPCA Inspector Jim Farr as saying.
"Roxy is now in foster care because of the after effects of this trauma and she is not yet ready to be rehomed.
"She is progressing well but we do to know if there may be long term after effects of being put into the microwave."
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