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Sentence delayed for cat killing
Paws the cat
Hannon put Paws in the washing machine after rowing with Mr Carthy
A psychiatric report is to be prepared on a woman facing sentence after she admitted killing her boyfriend's cat in a washing machine.

Diane Hannon, 42, from Old Colwyn, Conwy, had been pet-sitting for Duncan Carthy, but she killed the animal after they rowed about his family.

Llandudno magistrates adjourned sentencing until 5 February, but have told Hannon she may face a prison term.

At her trial last month, Hannon was said to suffer from depression.

The trial was told six-year-old Paws, who was deaf, was put through a full cycle in the washing machine, suffering a heart attack, severe burns and loss of fur.

The court heard Hannon was cat-sitting at Mr Carthy's flat in Colwyn Bay while he visited his son on 8 July and the pair had argued about Mr Carthy's ex-wife and children.

The prosecution said Mr Carthy thought Hannon was joking when she told him over the phone that she had killed Paws.

But when he returned home, Mr Carthy found his pet "clearly dead" inside the washing machine.

Hannon pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering and cruelly ill-treating the animal.


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