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Cocaine user throws two-month-old puppy out of apartment window

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Wayne Keightly
Wayne Keightly

A cocaine user threw a two-month-old puppy from a second-floor window leaving it with cuts and in a distressed state, a court heard.

Wayne Keightley threw the Staffordshire bull terrier puppy named Gypsy from his flat, causing the dog to fall around 20 feet, on January 20 this year.

Keightley, 42, is then said to have jumped out of the window at the property in Rutland Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, leaving him with a broken ankle and other injuries.

He was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, and his trial at Loughborough Magistrates' Court heard he was found on the floor outside in a "rambling" state dragging himself away from the property.

The court heard he told paramedics he had taken a line of cocaine "a couple of hours" before the incident and had also drunk three cans of lager on the same day.

The puppy, named Gypsy after the nickname of Keightley's father who died of throat cancer shortly before the pet was born, was taken to a vet after being found on the ground at around 5pm but survived the ordeal.

Gypsy, the puppy thrown in the shocking incident

The defendant, who denied the charge, said there was "not a chance" he threw the dog from the window.

He told the court seven men entered his property to steal watches and were stabbing him in the hands with a pole with a spear-head attached whenever he tried to pick up the frightened puppy.

He said he threw a vase out of one of the flat's windows to attract the attention of passers-by.

Telling the court the animal jumped out the window of its own accord, he said: "There was a lot of shouting. She has seen the fresh air and she just went."

Keightley, who spent more than nine weeks in hospital following the incident, said he turned around in time to see the puppy's hind legs going out the window but could not recall how he fell from the flat.

Prosecuting, Kevin McCole said: "I put it to you that you were high on drink and drugs, that your recollection is very poor and you invented this story."

Keightley replied: "I must have a lot of time on my hands then.

"I was not taking drugs, I was not drunk."

Convicting him, lead magistrate Professor Carys Siemieniuch said: "The evidence of you, Mr Keightley, was so riddled with inconsistencies that we cannot accept your version of events."

The bench adjourned sentencing until September 28 for reports.