West Ham defender Kurt Zouma pleaded responsible Tuesday to kicking and slapping his pet cat in abuse caught on video.
The 27-year-old France worldwide appeared at a listening to at Thames Magistrates’ Courtroom accused of three offenses beneath the Animal Welfare Act in relation to footage of the abuse that befell on Feb. 6 and surfaced on social media.
Zouma pleaded responsible to 2 counts of inflicting pointless struggling to a protected animal, whereas one other cost was dismissed. He will probably be sentenced on June 1.
Zouma arrived on the court docket in a automobile and was accompanied by a number of safety guards who held out umbrellas to type a protecting protect round him as he was bundled into the court docket.
Zouma’s youthful brother, Yoan, filmed the incident involving the cat and posted it on Snapchat.
Kurt Zouma might be seen kicking his Bengal cat throughout his kitchen, earlier than throwing a pair of sneakers at it and slapping its head.
The court docket was instructed by prosecutor Hazel Stevens that Kurt Zouma might be heard saying: “I swear I’ll kill it. I swear I’ll kill it.” Stevens mentioned the cats had been deemed accountable by Zouma for damaging a chair in his house.
“Since this footage was put in public area,” Stevens mentioned, “there was a spate of individuals hitting cats and posting it on varied social media websites.
“Their behaviour falls quick of what’s anticipated of a high-profile picture.”
Yoan Zouma admitted to at least one depend of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring his brother to commit an offence. He was suspended in February by fifth-tier group Dagenham.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took Kurt Zouma’s two pet cats into care after the incident.
West Ham fined Zouma two weeks of wage, the utmost doable quantity when the incident got here to mild, however supervisor David Moyes continued to choose the defender to play when wholesome. Zouma additionally misplaced a sponsorship cope with Adidas.
The RSPCA introduced the prosecution towards the brothers regardless that it doesn’t have the facility to cost folks.
British regulation permits organizations such because the RSPCA to make use of specialist attorneys to deliver non-public prosecutions towards people, with such circumstances heard in court docket and typically taken over by public prosecutors.