A man from Southampton who was filmed swinging his cat by the tail has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
Matthew Coffin admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Daisy the cat after he was filmed man-handling the animal in his studio flat in September last year.
The 27-year-old, of Vanguard Road, claimed at first that he was not showing off, but was preparing the cat for a visit by someone who had a tendency to pull cats’ tails.
However, while he maintained his reason for pulling the cat’s tail, he admitted before the magistrates an element of bravado when he acted in the way that he had.
Coffin was fined £150 and also ordered to pay £257.50 costs.