Mohammed Abou-Sabaa, the son of a leading Tunisian official, was reportedly turned down for a job so he went home and decided to beat his dog — captured in a horrific six-minute film abusing his five-month-old labrador named Poppy. It appears however that being educated gives you something of a license for beating puppies because you said you had “a bad day.”
Poppy was hit by more than 20 blows by 21-year-old Manchester University student — caught by a CCTV outside his luxury apartment.
Despite the film, judges allowed him to avoid any jail time and simply gave him a suspended sentence and an order not to keep animals for four years. They cited the fact that he was a full-time student. It appears, therefore, that cruelly beating an animal is more excusable if you are a student as opposed to some simple wage earner. I know it makes a great deal of difference to the dog whether the foot pressing down on his neck belongs to an educated man.
Notably, the magistrates had to stop the film in the trial because they found it too upsetting and then allowed him to walk. Jane Dyson, chairwoman of the bench, said: “This is simply a terrible demonstration of cruelty to a vulnerable puppy. None of us have seen anything like it – you have just avoided prison.” I was with her all the way up to that last point.
Source: Daily Mail