A man who slit his cat’s throat to cover her broken leg has been jailed for six months.
Adam Alkour, 32, cut the neck of six-year-old black and white cat Darwin at his home before leaving her to bleed in the bathroom.
Later, he texted a friend saying, “I killed my cat. Bad fear. Feeling f**king ungodly like f**k.
A court heard Alkour broke the cat’s leg after losing his temper and decided to kill her two days later because a vet might notice he had caused the injury.
He then drove six miles to bury the body before later confessing to a friend what he had done.
The RSPCA was alerted to the death of the cat, which had been in Alkour’s care for around seven months.
Inspector Kirsty Keogh-Laws then discovered a series of damning text messages which revealed that Alkour had killed Darwin by cutting his throat.
He had found a razor in the bathroom and tied the cat in a towel before inflicting a “deliberate wound with intent to kill” her and watching her bleed to death.
Alkour, of Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, later admitted three animal cruelty charges at Newcastle Magistrates Court.
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He admitted causing unnecessary suffering, failing to provide veterinary care to the broken leg, and failing to protect it from pain, suffering, injury or disease.
Alkour was jailed for six months and banned from keeping animals for life at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday.
At sentencing recorder Mark McKone KC said: ‘People who are seriously cruel to animals will see a prison sentence.’
After the case, RSPCA Inspector Keogh-Laws said: “Mr Alkour told me in the interview that he had subjected Darwin to ‘an afternoon and evening of violence’.
In a text discovered by investigators, Alkour wrote “After I couldn’t get a vet appointment until 2 days later and I took her life out of sheer cowardice they would know I hurt her. “
A veterinary report concluded: “This suffering and the death of Darwin the cat was both avoidable and unnecessary had Alkour given up caring for the cat when they were no longer able to meet his needs.
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“The owner was aware of a veterinary practice that had been to him before and would have been a first place to seek help.
“The irreversible fatal harm to Darwin, the cat whose immense suffering could not be reversed, deprived him of the opportunity to return to a caring and caring home environment where his needs could have been successfully met.”
By way of mitigation, Alkour said Darwin was “dumped” on him and that he was suffering from his mental health and struggling to take care of himself.
He also claimed that he tried unsuccessfully to relocate Darwin.