Two boys given community sentence for “horrific” killing of animals at Capel Manor College

Image above: Capel Manor College in Gunnersbury Park

Two boys aged 11 and 12 told they “must do something” to pay their parents back

Two boys who killed and tortured animals and destroyed their enclosures at a college in Gunnersbury Park have been given a community sentence.

The boys, aged 11 and 12, were told they “must do something” to pay their parents back as they were sentenced for killing more than 20 animals at Capel Manor college. The boys had previously admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to animals as well as criminal damage during the break in on 25 February.

Rabbits, snakes and birds were among the creatures killed. Other animals such as guinea pigs and snakes were recovered in the nearby sports hall. A barn owl named Shiraz was recovered near Heathrow after being released by the two boys.

On Thursday (18 April) the two were ordered to pay £200 each in compensation, of a total compensation bill of £59,000.

The court previously heard how CCTV footage, which was not shown in court, displayed “extreme animal cruelty.”

During the hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Youth Court, Ms Green gave both boys a community sentence and told them they had only avoided a jail sentence because of their age and the fact this was their first offence.

As part of the referral order, both boys must attend regular meetings with their parents and youth offending teams for 12 months – the maximum term for an order of this type.

Image: A missing barn owl named Shiraz has now been found

“It’s horrific what you’ve done, absolutely horrific”

Lynn Green, the Magistrate told them:

“This is your punishment, not your parents.”

“You must do something to pay them back… whatever they ask you to do,” she added.

In her sentencing remarks, she said: “It’s horrific what you’ve done, absolutely horrific.”

Referring to the CCTV footage of the incident, Ms Green said:

“We didn’t want to see the video, we can’t face it.”

During mitigation, Harriet Palfreman, defending the 12-year-old boy, said her client “understands the gravity of the offences committed” and that he is “susceptible to impulsivity”.

Dafne Moran Toha, defence lawyer for the 11-year-old, said both boys were “extremely remorseful for their actions”.