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Cockfighting: Martyn Dashwood, Jailed for Assaulting Teen, Pleads Guilty to 16 Charges of Animal Cruelty

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A 32-year-old man who was jailed in December 2013 for beating a 15-year-old boy until he was unconscious in a park has now admitted to organizing cockfights.

Martyn Dashwood plead guilty to 16 charges of arranging and attending animal fights and animal cruelty at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court in Poole, UK.

He admitted to two counts of unnecessary cruelty to a game bird by failing to provide adequate veterinary care for an eye injury, and on another occasion by “allowing it to continue fighting while injured.”

He also admitted to six counts of causing an animal fight to take place in both Belben Road and Oak Drive in Poole between September 2011 and March 2013, and eight counts of being present at animal fights between December 2011 and April 2013.

Eleven additional charges were dropped by the after his guilty pleas were entered.

Dashwood was released on bail to return to court for sentencing on May 7.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “Cockfighting was banned in England way back in 1835. Yet here we are in 2014, seeing someone appear in court for acts of cruelty which were outlawed almost 180 years ago.”

There is no glory in watching birds die horrific deaths in the name of a so called blood sport,” he said.

Dashwood was jailed for 12 weeks in December last year after admitting he punched, kicked and stomped on a 15-year-old boy during an argument between two groups of children at Baiter Park on September 8, 2012.

Afterwards, as he walked away, Dashwood reportedly shouted back at them: “I’m Martyn Dashwood, I’m in the Mafia, you shouldn’t mess with me.”

At that time, the victim, described his assailant as “a thug and a bully” in a statement to police.

Source: Daily Echo

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