Dec 9 2010
Mohammed Abou-Sabaa, son of a prominent Tunisian diplomat, who was caught on CCTV raining down more than 20 blows on his labrador puppy, as she cowered in terror, because he was ‘having a bad day’ will serve no jail time.
UK DAILY MAIL–– (H/T QV) – Abou-Sabaa narrowly avoided being locked up for the horrific attack. In a final, sickening, attack, the 21-year-old student was filmed kicking the blameless pet down a flight of steps outside his luxury city centre flat.
But despite his behaviour being branded ‘despicable’ by RSPCA inspectors, magistrates agreed to let him walk free from court, imposing
a suspended prison sentence and banning him from keeping animals for four years. They told him they were letting him off because he was in full-time education.
Brazen Abou-Sabaa punched and kicked the dog outside the entrance to his building. ‘The defendant was seen wiping sweat from his brow and only stopped the assault when people entered the building, resuming the unprovoked assault when they had gone.”
An investigation was launched after the appalled caretaker saw the attack on CCTV and contacted the RSPCA.
When he appeared in court, shocked magistrates asked for the gruelling six-minute video footage to be stopped because they couldn’t bear to sit through it all. It shows the uncomprehending, mild-mannered pet cowering while Abou-Sabaa beats it ferociously, stopping only to mop his brow.
At one stage he yanks the puppy up by its neck then slaps it to the ground, also standing on the terrified dog with his full weight. Finally he uses his knee to launch her down a stairwell. Poppy was seized by RSPCA inspectors and has made a full physical recovery from the attack in July.
Abou-Sabaa told investigators he had been having a bad day after learning he had failed with a job application and was training the dog. But David McCormick, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told Manchester magistrates it was a sustained and brutal attack – a ‘wanton and deliberate act of cruelty.’