Regina man to be sentenced for cat killings

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A judge is asked to consider whether house arrest should be considered in a man who has fatally beaten two cats.

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Heather Polischuk

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February 24, 2021 • • 2 hours ago • • 3 minutes read Regina Provincial Court on a winter day. Photo by Brandon Harder /.jpg

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What weight should house arrest be given in the COVID-19 era when convicting an offender?

A judge at Regina Provincial Court is asked to answer this question in the case of a man who fatally beat two cats in the past year.

If the Crown succeeds in its arguments, the 28-year-old Matthew J. Drummond was under house arrest as shouldn’t matter much shortly after the March 3 incidents.

“Under these circumstances, restrictions and restrictions were placed on all of us in society over the past year,” argued prosecutor Andrew Campbell to Judge Anna Crugnale-Reid on Tuesday. “Even now we are told to stay home if possible.”

However, defense attorney Corinne Maeder argued that this situation was different. Not only was Drummond ordered to stay home – apart from a few hours a week to go to medical appointments or have dinner with his parents – she said he and his family had been due to public abuse suffered considerable difficulties because of his crimes.

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“He’s become a pariah in society,” she said. “It has become incredibly difficult for him and his family.”

Maeder, himself a person who has rescued animals, said there was no question what Drummond did was “terrible”. But she added it was because her client – who has significant mental health problems and works to overcome addictions – was in a drug stupor.

“Matthew is a different person and he is extremely repentant for his actions,” she said.

Court heard the incident came to light after someone in a residential area on Athol Street reported they heard what he thought was a woman screaming in a car.

The police answered and spoke to Drummond behind the wheel of that car. When the police checked the inside, they found a cat that was badly injured and had difficulty breathing. The cat did not move and the police called the Regina Humane Society to retrieve the animal.

The cat’s injuries were so severe that the animal had to be euthanized.

Police noticed that the inside of the car smelled like cat urine and was bloody. A bat was also found, and police learned that Drummond used it to bludgeon the cat after he brought the animal into the vehicle to prevent it from escaping.

“The applicant’s screaming, believed to be a woman, was actually the sound of the cat as it was being hit,” Campbell told the court.

Shortly afterwards, police found a second cat nearby that had been similarly beaten – this one to death.

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Campbell said the cats’ owners had not been identified.

He noted that sentences for animal cruelty have increased in Canada and called for a six-month sentence, which is equivalent to similar sentences.

But Maeder asked the judge to consider imposing a conditional sentence, which was being served in the parish. In doing so, she pointed out the difficulties Drummond faced on his terms.

She said he wasn’t violent as a kid and even had pets that he loved. But since then he has been diagnosed with innumerable and serious mental illnesses and used drugs, which led to his insult.

Crugnale-Reid has reserved their decision until April 22nd.

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