From the Daily Mail:
Two 17-year-old boys who kicked a fawn to death in a ‘barbaric attack’ escaped jail yesterday. . . .
During their trial, the boys, from Poole, Dorset, claimed that the six-week-old deer had
already broken its leg and that they were simply putting it out of its misery.
_But Keith Arthurs, 52, who witnessed the attack as he walked his dog in Upton Country Park, told Poole Youth Court how the boys had been ‘joking and laughing’ during the attack. . . .
_But despite being told that it was likely the animal had ‘ suffered greatly’, a judge said he would not bow to ‘public abhorrence’ and jail the boys. . . .
‘Neither has a criminal background. It was nasty and never should have happened. But it won’t be imprisonment.’
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