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Former magistrate fined £500

Michael Cuttell, 63, of Leckhampton, Glos., was fined £500 last week after being found guilty of ‘executing’ a terrier pet dog on his estate after it mauled one of his peacocks. the dog was owned by David Baker one his estate tenants.

Cuttell had claimed that he had destroyed the dog after he had a fired a warning shot with .22 rifle at the dog which had injured it in the side. But magistrates at Swindon heard from a vet, who examined the body, that the dog had only suffered a single fatal shot to the head.

After being found guilty of criminal damage and breaching his gun licence conditions Cuttell was fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.