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Rage of woman hurling cat is caught on owners’ CCTV

Footage: April Hawes throws young tomcat Shadow at her neighbours’ door and screams that she hopes they are watching PICTURES: SWNS

A WOMAN was caught on CCTV as she twice hurled her neighbours’ cat at their door because she was annoyed that he kept coming into her home.

April Hawes carried eight-month-old Shadow across a road before throwing him, shouting: ‘I’m going to knock him out.’ The tomcat landed on paving slabs and suffered soft tissue damage.

Hawes screamed that she hoped her neighbours Kevin Yarham, 33, and Sophie Baker, 26, who have two young children, could see it on their CCTV.

The 38-year-old, who admitted causing suffering to a protected animal on March 1, was handed a 12-month community order with 30 days of rehabilitation activity by magistrates.

But Mr Yarham said the sentence was too light. ‘Shadow was scenting near her house,’ he said outside court. ‘Cats do what they do. They are animals that explore and they’re free roaming. She picked the cat up by the scruff of the neck and threw him violently twice.’

He added: ‘I would describe the sentence as an insult to all animal owners. It’s a disgrace and far too soft.’

Hawes was remorseful about the outburst in Dereham, Norfolk, King’s Lynn magistrates heard. She suffers from post-traumatic stress, her lawyer Anne-Marie Sheridan said.

She was ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

Shop assistant Mr Yarham said he had checked the CCTV after hearing ‘a lot of shouting’ outside while he and his children were having breakfast. He said Shadow did not require vet treatment but is now ‘very nervous’ around women.