Now here’s a gun story that’ll chill ya.
This old guy is going to court charged with .... here. You can read it yourself. I feel sorry for fellow, and know well what he’s talking about. Damn things are a menace. And smart.
He was turned in by a stool pigeon neighbor.
Pensioner is hauled to court after taking his air rifle to a squirrel
Bill Worthington trapped and shot the garden pest twice
He went shopping and returned to find it alive, so shot it a further three times
It still didn’t die and had to be put down by a vet
He now faces six months in jail or a £5,000 fine after neighbour reported him
By LIZ HULL
After watching it raid his garden bird table once too often, Bill Worthington decided enough was enough.
The retired civil servant set a trap for his bushy-tailed foe and lay in wait.
It didn’t take long for the grey squirrel to take the bait and, with the animal cornered in the make-shift cage, the 75-year-old from Stockport, Greater Manchester, shot it twice with his air rifle.
He went shopping but, when he returned two hours later, the animal was still alive so he shot it a further three times.
Yesterday it emerged Worthington is facing up to six months in jail or a £5,000 fine after being hauled before the courts for causing unnecessary suffering to the squirrel.
The keen crown green bowler and bird lover was reported to the RSPCA by a neighbour who spotted the animal, maimed, but still alive in his garden.
The five shots failed to kill the animal and it was later put down.
Worthington pleaded guilty but told the hearing he had been ‘provoked’ by the activities of the squirrels, which he described as ‘garden rats’ and ‘vermin’.
Speaking afterwards, he said: ‘I cannot believe I have been taken to court over this one grey squirrel, which, frankly, has been a pest and vermin. It does seem over the top.
Claire Aldridge, prosecuting, told Stockport Magistrates’ Court that the RSPCA was alerted on September 27 last year by a neighbour who had spotted the injured squirrel in the garden of Worthington’s home, in Bredbury.
She said: ‘The squirrel had been trapped in a cage in the defendant’s garden. Worthington took his .22 air rifle and shot at it two times.
‘The defendant went shopping at approximately 11am and left the squirrel in the trap.
‘Later when he returned, it was still grabbing at the cage and biting it.
‘So the defendant shot the squirrel a further three times at around 2:30pm. He left the squirrel in the trap and went out.’
Worthington, who left to visit his sick wife in a care home, said he assumed the animal was dead, but when the RSPCA arrived at 4.20pm it was still alive.
‘The RSPCA recovered a live squirrel in the middle of the defendant’s garden,’ Miss Aldridge said.
‘This defendant shot a squirrel five times over five hours. He said he didn’t care about the suffering of the animal. The method of dispatch should be carried out humanely.
‘What he did was unacceptably cruel and entirely unnecessary. He found it comical that the RSPCA were even investigating.’
Lee Strap, the vet who eventually put down the animal, confirmed it had multiple pellet wounds and was alive but unresponsive.
When questioned by RSPCA officers Worthington was described as ‘obtrusive’.
He confirmed he was a user of a .22 rifle and referred to the squirrels as ‘vermin’ and ‘garden rats’.
Worthington, defending himself, added: ‘We are talking about one squirrel here. The vet says the squirrel was “alive but not responsive”. That’s how I saw it. I tried my best to have away with it but I had other things to do.’
Magistrates granted Worthington unconditional bail. He will be sentenced next month.
‘He found it comical that the RSPCA were even investigating.’
And so would many others who are not yet aware of the police authority this agency has. And I bet she didn’t like the idea that he thought it was funny.
“Worthington was described as ‘obtrusive”.
I guess that means the bitch didn’t like his attitude. Hmmm. That must also mean he hasn’t a right to one.
Now if he’d had at least a 22 cal. rifle, at the very least, that might have worked faster. But auntie don’t allow.
If you go to a gun shop in the UK you can buy high power springs, they cannot fit it for you as your rifle would need a fire arm certificate afterwards! but they sell them (mine was called an ox bow spring) and tell you you will need a FAC and off you go, mine would go through a car panel at 20 feet. Allegedly it would go through a seagull at 50 feet or so.So there are the safe UK gun laws for you!
I have a feeling that with my accent, it might be easier getting a root canal than a 22 air rifle.
Hey, another thought. With a spring thingy, and assuming I could get an air rifle, maybe I can take out the neighbors damn dog.
Looking at the Xray, he didn’t shoot it… right. I’ve seen what an air rifle can do to a rabbit with a good brain shot. Shame he’s in namby pamby land, though.
Oh for crying out loud. Wardmama, would you please teach this doofus how to get rid of garden raiders??
Cage, bucket, garden hose. Some assembly required.
Crivens I hate slob hunters. Of any stripe.
Peiper, I doubt that would be a problem! and the shop I went to is in Salisbury just up the road to you!
What the hell is it with neighbors ratting each other out in England? It seems to be a common thing now.