Couple who beheaded rare sheep sentenced

31/01/2014

A couple who mutilated a sheep before terrifying a group of children with its severed head have been sentenced today at Durham Crown Court.

Robert Matthew Carr and Miranda Jayne Clark, of Willington, Durham, were sentenced to 20 months and 8 months imprisonment respectively.

Each had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of cruelty to a person under 16, one count of having a bladed article, one count of destroying property and one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The charges were brought in relation to an attack on a rare breed sheep in the area near Dean Woods, Durham, in August of last year. During the attack, the animal was stabbed numerous times to the neck and stomach before being decapitated. Later that same day they used the decapitated head to terrify a group of local children, before discarding it in a neighbours back yard.

Gerry Sydenham, Head of the Crown Court Unit for CPS North East, said: "There is no doubt that the savage actions of this pair will be beyond the comprehension of anyone hearing of this crime. Their initial attack on a defenceless animal seems to have served no purpose beyond providing some sort of twisted entertainment for the pair.

"Not content with killing and mutilating the rare sheep, they then went on to traumatise a group of local children with the animal's severed head, before discarding it as an afterthought in a neighbour's yard."