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Motorist drove over cat ten times 'to make sure I killed it.

A man who was caught on closed circuit cameras repeatedly driving his car over a cat was spared jail yesterday.

Barry Haggerty, a 58-year old chartered surveyor, from Olney in Buckinghamshire, was heading for work when he ran over the animal on April 12He returned to the scene and drove forwards and backwards over the cat as it thrashed around in pain, eventually killing it.

Having pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty, he was sentenced yesterday by Milton Keynes Magistrates to a period of imprisonment of six weeks, suspended for 52 weeks, ordered to do 60 hours' community service, and to pay the prosecution costs of pounds 4,182.

Defence solicitor Dean Price said Haggerty was "an animal lover" who was trying to put the cat out of its misery and had reacted with "horror and remorse" when he was shown CCTV footage of what he had done.

The court heard that Haggerty, a father of three, was driving to catch a train to work in London at around 6am when he ran over Mixey the cat in Haversham, Buckinghamshire.

He told police he thought he had killed the cat outright when he first hit it but he returned and ran it over a further ten times just to be sure.

He said he believed he had missed the cat the first eight times which is why he continued to drive forwards and backwards over it
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 23, 2005
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