Suspected of having killed his neighbors’ cat with his rifle, a pensioner tried in Pas-de-Calais

A retiree appeared before the Arras Criminal Court (Pas-de-Calais) on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Aged 71, he is suspected of having shot his neighbors’ cat with a rifle shot in March in Penin. A three-month suspended prison sentence was requested against him. Judgment will be delivered on December 13.

Suspected of having shot his neighbors' cat with a rifle shot, a retiree was tried by the Arras court on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Illustrative photo.

Suspected of having shot his neighbors’ cat with a rifle shot, a retiree was tried by the Arras court on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Illustrative photo. | MARTOLI-03 / PIXABAY

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A 71-year-old man was tried by the Arras Criminal Court (Pas-de-Calais) on Tuesday November 8, 2022, reports 20 minutes . He is suspected of having killed his neighbours’ cat with his rifle at the end of March in Penin. According The voice of the North relations between the neighbors quickly deteriorated due to the animals owned by the suspect, a former farmer.

“I wanted to kill this beast”

The owners of the cat mentioned “permanent provocation” on his part. He would have voluntarily installed his animals several times near their terrace. During the hearing, the retiree admitted the facts. “I wanted to kill this beast. I thought it was a ferret or badger attacking my chicken coop”he said, quoted by the daily.

The public prosecutor held that the shooting was intentional and requested a three-month suspended prison sentence against the defendant. He also demanded the confiscation of his five seized weapons, the withdrawal of his hunting license and the ban on possessing a weapon for three years. The court should render its judgment on December 13, specifies The voice of the North.

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