Thug who killed a family cat by slamming her onto the ground in a car park before returning moments later to kick her avoids jail
- WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
- Tomasz Zimny attacked 12-year-old feline Millie – swinging her over his shoulder
- 40-year-old returned moments later to kick tragic cat once more in Cheltenham
This is the horrific moment a man was caught on CCTV savagely killing a family cat in a school car park.
Tomasz Zimny attacked 12-year-old feline Millie – swinging her over his shoulder and slamming her onto the floor.
The 40-year-old returned moments later to kick the tragic cat once more before he drove away from the academy school in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Poor Millie dragged herself under some nearby pallets where she died on March 17 last year.
Zimny had worked at Cleeve School as a cleaner for seven years before the attack, but resigned shortly after.
He was handed a lifetime ban on keeping cats and given an 18 week suspended prison sentence at Cheltenham Magistrates Court.
Tomasz Zimny attacked 12-year-old feline Millie – swinging her over his shoulder and slamming her onto the floor
RSPCA inspector Richard Carr said: ‘The footage shows how he is almost between the pallets when he catches her, and from behind he grabs either a rear leg or tail and swings her up over his shoulder, before swinging her back down with great force and slamming her onto the floor.
‘It is clear she is injured and unable to move but is still alive.
‘He takes some steps away – but comes back and then appears to kick her whilst she would already be in pain.
‘She can be seen to move a few more times but then is motionless for a few seconds before dragging herself under the pallets.’
The incident took place in the sports complex car park, where Zimny had gone to collect his girlfriend.
He had let their two dogs out of the car – who chased Millie and were followed by Zimny, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Zimny’s partner, Ewa Siebida, 43, had worked for the school for ten years before resigning from her post as a cleaning supervisor on the same day.
Zimny had worked at Cleeve School as a cleaner for seven years before the attack, but resigned shortly after
Speaking on behalf of Zimny – who used a translator in court and is originally from Kostrzyn, Poland – she told MailOnline: ‘He didn’t want to kill the cat. He didn’t come in there and he wasn’t going to do this.
‘They wouldn’t have hurt the cat but they’d been barking quite loud in the carpark. The cat had run away and hid under a cleaning machine. I was going to take one dog and Tomasz had gone because one of them is only a young one.
‘She ran after the cat and was getting under the machine. Tomasz has gone to take the cat from under the machine and he put his hand under.
‘The cat – probably because he was frightened – he bites Tomasz, he cuts his hand and Tomasz has taken his hand from underneath the machine with the cat on his hand.
‘He didn’t know. There was just no time – he didn’t think what he was doing. It was just a reaction from his side.
‘The cat has bite him in his hand and he just reacted automatically because he didn’t know how to remove the cat so he just thumped him on the ground.’
She now works in a bakery while Zimny does self-employed building work.
The incident had been partly seen by a witness who went over to check on the cat and could see her lying half out from underneath the pallets and machinery.
The sick 40-year-old returned moments later to kick the tragic cat once more before he drove away from the academy school in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
She was still and did not move when he touched her, so he rushed her to a vet.
Millie’s family were traced through her microchip and were informed the next day of her death.
It was believed at the time to have been as a result of a dog attack.
However, the school’s headteacher viewed the CCTV covering the car park and passed the footage of Zimny’s actions onto the police and RSPCA.
Ms Siebida continued: ‘I said [to him]: “Can you pit yourself in the situation and think how you would feel if this happened to one of your dogs?”
‘He understands this and he knows about this. He didn’t want to do this.
‘He doesn’t even want to think about it. He knows how it would be for him if he was in that situation.’
She added: ‘I said it was unnecessary and he completely agrees with that. He didn’t want to do this. But he’s done it. He didn’t want this situation to go that way.
‘He’s quite reactive – so he can react and doesn’t think first.
Poor Millie dragged herself under some nearby pallets where she died on March 17 last year
‘And now he knows to stop for a minute and think what to do and not just straight away: bang! with a cat.’
‘It was so quick. I was there and not even five metres away and I hadn’t seen it. It was just two and a half minutes from when Tomasz came to the carpark.
‘It was unnecessary for everybody. This made us leave the job, it impacted our life and it’s going to stay in the head. It won’t go easy.’
Millie’s body was exhumed for a post mortem which found a number of traumatic injuries including rib fractures, a collapsed lung, partial dislocation of three spinal joints and bleeding in the lung.
She continued: ‘I got that statements from the family about Millie and read it from the top to the bottom. It’s breaking your heart, using words like this.
‘It was really bad so I don’t think the family will be happy that Tomasz has been in the court and I don’t think this will be enough for them.
‘I was myself surprised that he’s been treated as good. For me it was the best he could get out of the situation.
Zimny was handed a lifetime ban on keeping cats and given an 18 week suspended prison sentence at Cheltenham Magistrates Court
‘I can imagine trhat this is a really bad thing and really serious, especially in Englaned. I was expecting that it would be really bad. I was even expecting that he can go to prison. We were expecting this. We have been ready for everything.’
Solicitor Lindi Meyer, who prosecuted for the RSPCA, said: ‘Millie did not die immediately but was then kicked by Zimny and then dragged herself under the palates where she died from her extensive injuries soon after his actions were premeditated and in angry revenge.’
Zimney claimed he had been bitten by Millie and said because his dogs were barking at her he thought the cat was attacking them.
He was sentenced to a lifetime of cat disqualification, an 18 week suspended prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and 150 hours of community service.
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