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Kurt Zouma: West Ham footballer sentenced to 180 hours of community service for kicking a cat | football news

Kurt Zouma was sentenced to 180 hours of community service after pleading guilty to kicking and hitting a cat.

The West Ham defender has been handed a 12-month community decree and has also been banned from keeping cats for five years. He had to pay nearly £9,000 in court costs.

In February, disturbing footage of the incident, filmed at Zouma’s home and posted on Snapchat by his brother Yoan, surfaced.

Zouma, 27, admitted to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by kicking it in the abdomen and hitting it on the head in Thames Magistrates’ Court last week.

In the footage, he kicks the Bengal cat across his kitchen before throwing a pair of shoes at her and smacking her on the head.

His 24-year-old brother later sent the video to a woman he had contacted, who raised the alarm. He was given 140 hours of community service.

Hazel Stevens, representing the prosecution, said Kurt Zouma can be heard in the video saying, “I swear I’ll kill it, I swear I’ll kill it.”

Ms Stevens said the 40-second clip appeared to have been taken after the cats were accused of damaging a chair.

“Kurt Zouma is determined to punish or avenge the damage done,” she said.

Ms Stevens added that the young woman, who first saw the footage, was so horrified that she canceled a date with Yoan, saying: “I don’t think it’s okay to hit a cat like that — come on Not you today.”

West Ham hope Zouma ‘will learn from his mistake’

Following the verdict, a statement from West Ham said: “West Ham United can confirm that a civil service order has been issued to Kurt Zouma following an investigation by the RSPCA.

“West Ham United would like to make it clear that we condemn in the strongest possible terms any form of cruelty or cruelty to animals. This type of behavior is unacceptable and not in line with the football club’s values.

“Within 48 hours of the footage coming out, we issued Kurt with the maximum penalty available to the club.

“Every penny of that money is now going to a number of well-deserved charities, all dedicated to animal welfare.

“Kurt admitted at the earliest opportunity that what he did was wrong. He apologized unreservedly.

“We hope that now that the court has made its decision everyone will give Kurt a chance to learn from his mistake and move on.”

In a statement, RSPCA Chief Inspectorate Officer Dermot Murphy said: “We hope this case will serve as a reminder that all animals deserve to be treated with kindness, compassion and respect and that we will not tolerate cruelty from anyone .”

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