Brentwood: Abattoir workers jailed for attacks on pigs

18:03 25 April 2012

A worker prepares to punch a pig in the face at Cheale Meats

A worker prepares to punch a pig in the face at Cheale Meats

Archant

Two Warley abattoir workers who beat pigs and stubbed out cigarettes on their faces have been jailed for 10 weeks.

Piotr Wasiuta, 29, and Kelly Smith, 40, tortured the animals moments before they were due to be slaughtered.

The pair were caught out when animal welfare group Animal Aid placed hidden cameras in their workplace at the Cheale Meats abattoir.

Members of the animal rights charity Animal Aid had wept as covert footage from the Cheale Meats abattoir was played at Westminster Magistrates’ Court but shouted ‘yes’ as the pair were jailed.

They admitted three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Smith was jailed for four weeks for beating the animals while Wasiuta was handed a six-week sentence for stubbing out cigarettes on their faces.

Magistrate John Newgas told Wasiuta and Smith: “There were aggregating features, you were both in position of responsibility to the animals, we think these animals were being kept as part of a livelihood.

“Weapons were used and several animals were affected. We do not accept that there was a culture of such behaviour.”

Simon Clements, Head of the CPS Welfare, Rural and Health Prosecutions Division said: “Wasiuta and Smith acted in a particularly cruel and violent manner towards the pigs in their care.

“I hope today’s sentences will be of some comfort to those rightly distressed and outraged by what we have seen.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, May 22, 2015
The woman was dragged through the gates of Brockwell Park in Brixton and raped

A 41-year-old woman was dragged into Brockwell Park in Herne Hill, near Brixton, before being raped by two men.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Three people were injured in the violent burglary

Three people were viciously attacked by a trio of burglars wielding hammers, knives and crowbars at the General Elliott pub in St John’s Road, Uxbridge.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
A man and a woman were assaulted at this quiet train station in Enfield [Photograph from Google StreetView]

Two men have been arrested after a young couple were pushed onto the train tracks at Turkey Street station on Thursday April 2.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The man was attacked as he waited for the Tube at West Ham station [Photograph by Chris McKenna]

A man was injured in an unprovoked attack with a makeshift knuckleduster at West Ham Tube station, and British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for witnesses.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Chief Inspector Paul Cahill will appear in court

A top gay police officer who was awarded an MBE has been summonsed to court today on drugs charges.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The thieves used a heavy duty drill to bore through the vault

Eight men will appear in court today charged in connection with the Hatton Garden jewellery heist.

Breaking News

Friday, May 22, 2015

There are severe delays on the Central Line after a woman was hit by a Tube train.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more