CCTV captured the shocking moment neighbour threw kitten at owner's door

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 10:14 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 12:15 pm

Warning: some people may find the footage distressing

This is the shocking moment a kitten was flung at its owner's front door by a neighbour furious that it kept coming into her garden.

CCTV cameras caught April Hawes, 38, throwing eight-month-old Shadow 25 feet across a road while shouting; "I'm going to knock her out."

The terrified animal landed on the pavement and suffered soft tissue damage.

Ms Hawes appeared at King's Lynn magistrates, in Norfolk last week, where she admitted picking up the cat and throwing it at her neighbour's home.

The court heard she had entered a guilty plea to causing suffering to a protected animal on March 1 at an earlier hearing.

The court was shown video footage of Ms Hawes throwing black tomcat Shadow.

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She can also be heard screaming that she hoped the owners Kevin Yarham, 33, and his partner Sophie Baker, 26, could see it on CCTV.

Mr Yarham, a shop assistant from Dereham, Norfolk said: "April Hawes threw Shadow at the door not once but twice.

"She picked the cat up by the scruff of the neck and threw him violently twice. You can hear her shouting whilst she was doing it."

The court heard Ms Hawes was annoyed that the cats kept coming into her home.

But in an interview Ms Hawes had said she did not wish to cause harm and was remorseful, the court was told.

Mr Yarham added: "Shadow was scenting near her house. Cats do what they do, these are animals that explore and they're free roaming.

"She just picked him up and threw him as he was scenting - I have no idea why she did this."

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"Instead of talking to Sophie and sorting it out, she decided to take matters in her own hands and threw the cat twice.

"This happened just after eight o'clock in the morning.

"I heard a lot of shouting around outside an two massive bangs at the door within a minute.

"After breakfast I found Shadows collar had come off, I called him immediately and he came to me very shaken, I put him back in the house.

"I woke up Sophie, she checked the CCTV footage and there was April throwing Shadow twice.

"Our children were both in the property at the time of the incident, they were both having breakfast while it happened."

Mr Yarham said Shadow suffered soft tissue damage and is now "very nervous around women" - he did not require veterinary treatment and their owner was not seeking compensation.

Shadow who was less than a year-old at the time and is described as being "very nervous now".

Anne-Marie Sheridan, defending Ms Hawes, said she suffered post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Magistrates sentenced Hawes to a 12-month community order with 30 days' rehabilitation activity.

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

'It's a disgrace'

Kevin said: "I would describe the sentence as an insult to all animal owners - it's a disgrace and far too soft.

"It's an insult to all the people who suffer PTSD, this is no excuse.

"And the fact she owns a cat after she has done this is shocking.

"The whole community is disgusted."