SHEEP DEATH: Wisbech youth denies charge and will stand trial

PUBLISHED: 17:50 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 08:29 02 June 2010

A 16-year-old boy today admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a sheep but denied he was responsible for causing its death.

The youth, who can not be named for legal reasons, is one of six teenagers accused of mistreating a Black Hebridea

A 16-year-old boy today admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a sheep but denied he was responsible for causing its death.

The youth, who can not be named for legal reasons, is one of six teenagers accused of mistreating a Black Hebridean ewe in Wells, on March 23.

They each face three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to the sheep by chasing it around a field, causing it injuries which resulted in its death and aiding and abetting others to inflict injuries resulting in the sheep's death.

The boy, from Wells, admitted counts one and three but denied count two when he appeared before King's Lynn magistrates today.

The other five have all denied causing unnecessary suffering and will stand trial before a district judge in King's Lynn later this year.

They are Sean Yaxley, 19, of Braintree, Essex; a 15-year-old boy from Wells; a 17-year-old boy from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire; a 17-year-old boy from Wells; and a 17-year-old boy from East Molesey, Surrey.

Only Yaxley can be identified for legal reasons.


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