Zouma pleads responsible to kicking and slapping cat

Zouma pleads guilty to kicking and slapping cat

2022-05-24 16:43:53

Kurt Zouma (left) and his brother Yoan appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court docket

West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma has pleaded responsible to kicking and slapping his pet cat in a video that additionally confirmed him saying “I swear I will kill it”.

The 27-year-old admitted two offences beneath the Animal Welfare Act at a listening to at Thames Magistrates’ Court docket.

Zouma’s brother Yoan, who performs for Dagenham and Redbridge, admitted one offence after an RSPCA investigation.

Yoan, 24, filmed the incident, which was posted on social media. Sentencing has been adjourned to 1 June.

The brothers’ addresses have been withheld following a courtroom order.

The courtroom was instructed about disturbing footage of the incident, which was filmed on the West Ham participant’s residence and posted on Snapchat by his brother on 6 February.

It was later seen by a lady who had been messaging Yoan, and she or he raised concern.

Zouma could possibly be seen volleying the Bengal cat throughout his kitchen, earlier than throwing a pair of footwear at it and slapping its head.

Kurt Zouma arrives at court
Kurt Zouma wore a hood as he was bundled into the courtroom constructing by safety guards who additionally coated him with umbrellas

Prosecutor Hazel Stevens instructed the courtroom Kurt could possibly be heard saying: “I swear I will kill it, I swear I will kill it.”

He admitted two counts of inflicting pointless struggling to a protected animal.

Yoan admitted one rely of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring his older brother to commit an offence.

Stevens mentioned the offences seemed to be carried out after the cats have been deemed accountable for damaging a chair within the residence.

“Kurt Zouma is set to chastise or perform some kind of retribution for the harm brought about,” she mentioned.

“Since this footage was put within the public area there was a spate of individuals hitting cats and posting it on numerous social media websites.”

Yoan Zouma arrives at court
Yoan Zouma coated his face together with his fingers as he arrived at Thames Magistrates’ Court docket

The courtroom heard the Premier League defender, who apologised for his actions, has since agreed for his two Bengal male cats to be rehomed.

Defending the West Ham participant, Trevor Burke QC mentioned his shopper had been fined £250,000 by his membership and misplaced a “substantial” sponsorship cope with sportswear agency adidas.

Zouma had additionally not been picked for the France nationwide workforce.

Burke mentioned his shopper had been of beforehand impeccable character, and 9 animal charities had benefited from his high quality.

He mentioned the defender had suffered abuse, together with threats and racial slurs, which has “completely disrupted his life”.

Kurt arrived at courtroom in chaotic style as a number of safety guards emerged from a automobile holding umbrellas to kind a protecting defend from digicam crews and photographers across the defendant as he entered the courtroom constructing.

One different cost towards every brother was withdrawn after their responsible pleas.

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