A cruel yob who was filmed brutally kicking and punching his pet dog is back on the streets after police let him out of prison by mistake. In the sickening video, Jordan Smith is seen beating the terrified Staffordshire Bull Terrier in his back yard after abusing the creature for months The 20-year-old's shocking animal cruelty - which including whipping the dog with a belt - was seen by his neighbours who filmed the horrific violence, reports the Manchester Evening News . Smith was told at a hearing in February he could go to prison after admitting a charge of causing the animal unnecessary suffering. But he is now ‘unlawfully at large’ after failing to turn up for sentencing at Bury magistrates on Thursday.
Smith’s solicitor Steve Connor told the court his client had been in prison until the morning of the hearing, but was released ‘in error’ from Forest Bank. He failed to appear in custody as a result. When the alleged blunder was discovered, Mr Connor telephoned Smith, who promised to be at court ‘for 12.30pm’ - but never appeared. Mr Connor admitted it was a situation he had ‘never come across before’.
Prosecuting, Tim Chapman added: “There is an investigation ongoing as to how he has come to be released.” As a result, magistrates ruled he was ‘unlawfully at large’. At an earlier hearing, Mark Harper, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court Smith was first spotted beating the 18-month-old dog by his then neighbours - a mum and son - in July last year.
Then in September, they saw Smith again striking the animal, first with the back of his hand before punching it several times in the stomach and aiming at least five kicks at him. Six days later they saw Smith kicking the animal at least four times before using a belt to whip his pet ‘nine times’.
They captured the attack on a mobile - but because only Smith was visible it could not he used by the RSPCA. But on September 29, they filmed Smith punching and kicking the dog several times before throwing one of his boots at his neck. Dog wardens attended Smith’s house on October 19 and the animal was taken away to be re-homed. Smith was issued a court summons.
The case was adjourned by magistrates for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. But he failed to turn up to the hearing in March and was later arrested. Steve Connor, defending, said at the last hearing there was ‘significant mitigation in this case’. Sodexo, which runs Forest Bank, has been approached for a comment. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sick-thug-filmed-brutally-kicking-7858201