Kilo The Cat - HMS Belfast
Kilo the cat was rescued by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and then adopted by the crew of HMS Belfast along with his brother Oscar in 2007.
Murdered cat Kilo sold down the river by a judge. Quote: "She showed contempt for the legal process by laughing during the trial, hopefully she will learn from what happened." - Pc Scott Jarmy
A teenager who drowned a rescue cat adopted by the crew of HMS Belfast has been ordered to write a letter of apology as part of a nine-month supervision order.
The 16-year-old, wearing a distinctive white hoodie, was spotted by a security guard throwing the cat into the Thames from a gang plank connecting the ship to its dock in London.
Kilo, who was rescued from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, has not been seen since the 9th of February, 2008, and is missing presumed dead.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was part of a gang of three including her boyfriend who were spotted near the ship in the early hours of the morning.
She denied hurling the cat into the water, but Camberwell Green Youth Court heard that a security guard recognised her distinctive outfit.
The court also heard, at an earlier hearing during which the youngster was found guilty of an offence contravening the Animal Welfare Act, that the girl's boyfriend had written her a letter offering to take the blame.
The youngster, who giggled throughout the hearing, also denied claims by police that all three were drinking heavily on the night the cat was drowned.
She was ordered to complete a nine-month supervision order by District Judge Sue Green who also insisted that the teenager write a letter of apology to the staff of HMS Belfast.
Judge Green said: "The offence is one which has caused enormous distress not merely to staff of HMS Belfast but a lot of right-minded members of the public who were upset by your disgraceful behaviour."
Judge Green said that she expected the youngster "whether she liked it or not to write a letter of apology to staff from HMS Belfast and I would like a copy of that letter sent to me."
Pc Scott Jarmy, the officer in charge of the case, said that the staff of HMS Belfast had received correspondence from around the world commiserating them for their loss.
He said that in the days after Kilo's death the ship's second cat Oscar, also a rescue cat, had disappeared himself and is believed to have made his home elsewhere.
Pc Jarmy said: "We were hoping for a brief custodial sentence. She showed contempt for the legal process by laughing during the trial, hopefully she will learn from what happened."
Asked by the court whether she had anything to say, the youngster said: "I don't know what to say, I'm sorry for what happened."
Moggies comment: My heart goes out to all who loved Kilo the cat on HMS Belfast. Cowards do not learn, especially when they are treated so leniently, this judge has a lot to learn and should be given a severe reality adjustment. As for the girl, she should have been named and shamed, a pity the law protects these cowards.
Moggies is calling on Judge Green, and all judges faced with cases such as this, to impose a much stricter sentencing, so that these animal killers do not become tomorrow's serial killers.
Rest in peace, little Kilo.