Fife man threw cat against wall and killed it after biting its head

Craig Mills admitted a catalogue of cruelty.
Craig Mills admitted a catalogue of cruelty.

A Fife man has admitted biting a cat’s head before throwing it against a wall and killing it.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard a video of the horrific incident was posted online, leading to “social unrest”.

As well as putting the head of the cat, known as Pippa, in his mouth and biting it, Craig Mills, 22, also punched an slapped the pet.

The catalogue of violence was captured on video by his partner David Walker.

The cruel killing only came to light after the couple split up.

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Mills, of Union Street, Lochgelly, has a violent past with convictions for assault against his partners.

Last year he turned his attention to the family pet.

Mills admitted the killing after appearing from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

Between April 9 and September 30 last year, Mills behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by carrying out acts of cruelty against the family pet cat and placed his partner in a state of fear and alarm by causing the cat unnecessary suffering by restraining it on his knee, distressing it and causing it to urinate.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court. © DC Thomson
Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He thereafter punched and slapped the cat, put its head in his mouth and bit it, threw it against a wall and killed it.

The court heard Mills had two convictions for domestic abuse for assaulting different partners in January 2014 and January 2016.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia opposed bail because Mills was already on a community payback order.

Sheriff Charles Macnair called for reports and said he may have to view the video of the incident before sentencing.

Mills was allowed bail and gave the address he will be living at as Robert Smith Court, Lumphinnans, at his mother’s home.

He will return to court for sentencing on August 3.

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