The 15-year-old teen from Harlow who admitted to grabbing a cat by the tail and throwing it over a fence was in an Essex court on Friday. Police are now having to provide security to his family after numerous threats.
PoC reported on the story here. The teen remains in police custody Friday as police have stated they’ve “received reports that people have attended the teenager’s address this evening, Thursday 12 September. The boy remains in our custody and we are providing safeguarding to his family.”
Sentencing will take place next month. A few screenshots have emerged that weren’t available until Friday afternoon.
Police say they understand the public is upset by then teen’s actions but warn that a breach to give out personal information about the accused online or to harass the family could resort in legal action.
It’s amazing how the teen doesn’t have to be publicly named for people in the area to know who he is. This should be a lesson to teens (as well as their parents) as to what will happen if an animal is abused. While it’s not okay to harass the person responsible since it could land you in more trouble than the accused, it shows the reach of social media into knowing who does what.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in October. Let’s hope he doesn’t get any ‘community service’ around animals. Would anyone like to take a guess on what sentence will be handed down?