Owner swung cat by her tail like a yo-yo - VIDEO

Daily Echo: Matthew Coffin Matthew Coffin

GRIPPED by her tail, this is the moment young cat Daisy was swung about like a yo-yo.

Moments earlier, the 12- month-old feline had been thrown in the air before being bounced up and down by her owner.

Now Matthew Coffin has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years for causing suffering to the pet as he showed off to his mates.

This is the video shown to the court. However, caution is advised because some may find its content disturbing:

Southampton Magistrates Court heard how Daisy suffered unnecessarily at the 27- year-old’s hands when she wasn’t even one year old.

Coffin was at his home in Vanguard Road, Townhill Park, Southampton, with his girlfriend when the abuse to the cat was first seen by visiting friends. When they returned the following day they witnessed even more, Sarah Wheadon, representing the RSPCA, told the court.

Distressed by what they saw, they filmed it on a mobile phone before raising the alarm with the charity.

Ms Wheadon told the court: “In a vet’s opinion, suffering was caused for the period she was bounced and swung by her tail and this suffering was unnecessary. If it had continued as shown it is very likely she would have sustained injury. A responsible owner would realise that treating Daisy in this way was totally inappropriate."

The court heard how Daisy and another cat, Charlie, were quickly removed from Coffin’s care and they are currently at Stubbington Ark animal sanctuary awaiting adoption.

Coffin pleaded guilty to two cases of causing unnecessary suffering to the animal and was handed a 12-month community order including 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £150 and £60 victim surcharge at the trial yesterday.

In mitigation, the court heard Mr Coffin, unemployed, had accepted he should not have done it and regretted his actions. He is also undergoing mental health assessment for recent depression and blackouts.

Defending, Jonathan Driver said: “He did not appreciate that he was exposing Daisy to risk of harm and he accepts that he should have. He was showing off in front of his peers and he pushed boundaries which he should not have.”

He added: “He is remorseful.

This is a case of misguided inappropriate behaviour rather than anything malicious or sinister.”

The ban means Mr Coffin must also hand over two hamsters and a bearded dragon lizard to the RSPCA in the next seven days.

Speaking after the sentencing, RSPCA inspector Penny Baker said: “I’m really pleased with this verdict and I think it reflects how serious the offence was and that it was a deliberate action. It sends out a message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”

• If you’re interested in giving Daisy and Charlie a new home, call the Ark on 01329 667541.

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9:25am Wed 8 Jan 14

alwayswright28 says...

He should have been banned for life from keeping any animals.
He should have been banned for life from keeping any animals. alwayswright28

9:35am Wed 8 Jan 14

charlar says...

Unemployed? There is a shocker. Perhaps if he got off his lazy backside and found a job he would not have the time to sit around swinging cats by their tails. Inbred scum!
Unemployed? There is a shocker. Perhaps if he got off his lazy backside and found a job he would not have the time to sit around swinging cats by their tails. Inbred scum! charlar

9:44am Wed 8 Jan 14

Big Mac says...

Maybe he should have been spun around by his wotsits and thrown over a bridge.
Maybe he should have been spun around by his wotsits and thrown over a bridge. Big Mac

10:10am Wed 8 Jan 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Bet is mum is really proud , she spawned such a lovely guy . What goes around , Comes around , HOPEFULLY and he gets his TREATMENT
Bet is mum is really proud , she spawned such a lovely guy . What goes around , Comes around , HOPEFULLY and he gets his TREATMENT SPIKEISLANDTRADER

10:40am Wed 8 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

What a total and utter pointless scumbag.
What a total and utter pointless scumbag. Saint Botley

11:08am Wed 8 Jan 14

-stiv- says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Bet is mum is really proud , she spawned such a lovely guy . What goes around , Comes around , HOPEFULLY and he gets his TREATMENT
I doubt his mum gives a f*ck. His parents obviously didn't do the greatest job raising him and I doubt they were even capable of doing so in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: Bet is mum is really proud , she spawned such a lovely guy . What goes around , Comes around , HOPEFULLY and he gets his TREATMENT[/p][/quote]I doubt his mum gives a f*ck. His parents obviously didn't do the greatest job raising him and I doubt they were even capable of doing so in the first place. -stiv-

11:35am Wed 8 Jan 14

Harrysdog says...

Cats, hamsters and Bearded Dragons all cost money to purchase and then keep....I assume he paid for this out of his savings from when he was working...no?
Cats, hamsters and Bearded Dragons all cost money to purchase and then keep....I assume he paid for this out of his savings from when he was working...no? Harrysdog

11:36am Wed 8 Jan 14

Harrysdog says...

Also, he cant even dress himself properly!!!
Also, he cant even dress himself properly!!! Harrysdog

11:56am Wed 8 Jan 14

sarfhamton says...

The Echo loves these stories doesn't it? It also gives us an excuse to have a rant at the feckless!

Well done Echo.
The Echo loves these stories doesn't it? It also gives us an excuse to have a rant at the feckless! Well done Echo. sarfhamton

12:09pm Wed 8 Jan 14

spotburst says...

I wonder if he did this kind of thing as a kid?

http://www.peta.org/
issues/companion-ani
mal-issues/companion
-animals-factsheets/
animal-abuse-human-a
buse-partners-crime/
I wonder if he did this kind of thing as a kid? http://www.peta.org/ issues/companion-ani mal-issues/companion -animals-factsheets/ animal-abuse-human-a buse-partners-crime/ spotburst

1:55pm Wed 8 Jan 14

klappdrachen says...

Anyone who can do this to a defenceless animal could easily to the same to a defenceless child or old person.
What a big brave he-man he must be, perhaps he'd like to try it with a lion or tiger. With any luck he'd be eaten.
Anyone who can do this to a defenceless animal could easily to the same to a defenceless child or old person. What a big brave he-man he must be, perhaps he'd like to try it with a lion or tiger. With any luck he'd be eaten. klappdrachen

1:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

Punishment should fit the crime i say do the same thing he did to that poor defenseless animal that was relying on him for food and care
Punishment should fit the crime i say do the same thing he did to that poor defenseless animal that was relying on him for food and care Mary80

2:38pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

sarfhamton wrote:
The Echo loves these stories doesn't it? It also gives us an excuse to have a rant at the feckless!

Well done Echo.
Well maybe a number of the posts are from people who have to pay a lot of tax to keep the useless supplied with creatures to torture. And they give vent to their feelings not by liquidating the useless mouths but by having a mini verbal "go". I assume you'd prefer the liquidation solution?
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: The Echo loves these stories doesn't it? It also gives us an excuse to have a rant at the feckless! Well done Echo.[/p][/quote]Well maybe a number of the posts are from people who have to pay a lot of tax to keep the useless supplied with creatures to torture. And they give vent to their feelings not by liquidating the useless mouths but by having a mini verbal "go". I assume you'd prefer the liquidation solution? Dai Rear

2:44pm Wed 8 Jan 14

sarfhamton says...

Dai Rear wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
The Echo loves these stories doesn't it? It also gives us an excuse to have a rant at the feckless!

Well done Echo.
Well maybe a number of the posts are from people who have to pay a lot of tax to keep the useless supplied with creatures to torture. And they give vent to their feelings not by liquidating the useless mouths but by having a mini verbal "go". I assume you'd prefer the liquidation solution?
made your day i suppose?
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: The Echo loves these stories doesn't it? It also gives us an excuse to have a rant at the feckless! Well done Echo.[/p][/quote]Well maybe a number of the posts are from people who have to pay a lot of tax to keep the useless supplied with creatures to torture. And they give vent to their feelings not by liquidating the useless mouths but by having a mini verbal "go". I assume you'd prefer the liquidation solution?[/p][/quote]made your day i suppose? sarfhamton

2:55pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

The mental health excuse is a big pile of steaming BS. He's just a vile cretin that found it funny to hurt the cat and it annoys me when the excuses roll out "i didn't know what i was doing, i wasn't well" its time the excuses STOP he tried to hurt the cat for no other reason than he's a scumbag who should be banned for LIFE from owning animals
The mental health excuse is a big pile of steaming BS. He's just a vile cretin that found it funny to hurt the cat and it annoys me when the excuses roll out "i didn't know what i was doing, i wasn't well" its time the excuses STOP he tried to hurt the cat for no other reason than he's a scumbag who should be banned for LIFE from owning animals Mary80

3:08pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Titian says...

I think it's time to say well done to his friends; it will have taken some courage to record and submit this to the authorities. Without them who knows what will have happened to the cats in this w@nker's 'care'.
I think it's time to say well done to his friends; it will have taken some courage to record and submit this to the authorities. Without them who knows what will have happened to the cats in this w@nker's 'care'. Titian

3:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

jademartin95 says...

matt you are going to have you comupence ur gunna get yo yoed like that cat ur sick in the head u dont have mental problems ur just a cross dresser u dont even deserve a misses never mind a cat u remember we know where u live u little sick **** mate u should have got sent down from martin + jade
matt you are going to have you comupence ur gunna get yo yoed like that cat ur sick in the head u dont have mental problems ur just a cross dresser u dont even deserve a misses never mind a cat u remember we know where u live u little sick **** mate u should have got sent down from martin + jade jademartin95

3:44pm Wed 8 Jan 14

LadySam says...

Vicious and cruel and deliberate..........
....I would like to swing him around by a certain part of his anatomy and see how he liked it. Mental health issues my foot. The only health issue he has is that he is unfortunately breathing.
Vicious and cruel and deliberate.......... ....I would like to swing him around by a certain part of his anatomy and see how he liked it. Mental health issues my foot. The only health issue he has is that he is unfortunately breathing. LadySam

4:02pm Wed 8 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

How do you pay victim surcharge to a cat?
How do you pay victim surcharge to a cat? bigfella777

4:16pm Wed 8 Jan 14

stevens1985 says...

This little rat also likes to hit women gutless muppet get a job you bum
This little rat also likes to hit women gutless muppet get a job you bum stevens1985

4:17pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
How do you pay victim surcharge to a cat?
lifetime supply of catnip
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: How do you pay victim surcharge to a cat?[/p][/quote]lifetime supply of catnip Mary80

4:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

itsnotjustice says...

what a dirty disgusting little tramp ..

someone should take him and dangle him from the bridge... its probably the nearest he will ever come to water in his life..

also, i hope his misses is getting done too... im sure allowing , or not stopping/reporting such a crime is an offence.

annoying thing is, they are not going to have the money to pay the fines. so its coming out of our pocket . SCUM
what a dirty disgusting little tramp .. someone should take him and dangle him from the bridge... its probably the nearest he will ever come to water in his life.. also, i hope his misses is getting done too... im sure allowing , or not stopping/reporting such a crime is an offence. annoying thing is, they are not going to have the money to pay the fines. so its coming out of our pocket . SCUM itsnotjustice

4:32pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Georgethepie says...

Mary80 wrote:
Punishment should fit the crime i say do the same thing he did to that poor defenseless animal that was relying on him for food and care
I think somebody already has. He looks like he's been swung around a few times only a little to close to a wall. He's scum let's hope he meets a painful death
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Punishment should fit the crime i say do the same thing he did to that poor defenseless animal that was relying on him for food and care[/p][/quote]I think somebody already has. He looks like he's been swung around a few times only a little to close to a wall. He's scum let's hope he meets a painful death Georgethepie

5:42pm Wed 8 Jan 14

The Wickham Man says...

Ah the" blackouts". The convenient "blackouts".
Ah the" blackouts". The convenient "blackouts". The Wickham Man

5:45pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

No excuse at all for what he did the "poor me i had blackouts" excuse doesn't wash one bit with me. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing to that poor cat. And yeah "misguided behaviour" my fat arse...again why all the excuses he's a total scumbag who did it for fun NOT any other reason
No excuse at all for what he did the "poor me i had blackouts" excuse doesn't wash one bit with me. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing to that poor cat. And yeah "misguided behaviour" my fat arse...again why all the excuses he's a total scumbag who did it for fun NOT any other reason Mary80

6:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

solomum says...

Daily Echo, why on earth have you posted the footage? I have decided not to watch it, but am totally lost as to why it is even on here. Surely this is giving this disgusting behaviour some credit by allowing it to be viewed.
Daily Echo, why on earth have you posted the footage? I have decided not to watch it, but am totally lost as to why it is even on here. Surely this is giving this disgusting behaviour some credit by allowing it to be viewed. solomum

6:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

SOULJACKER says...

Haha,
Whilst I'm not a cat lover (though I do like ****) I have to step back in amazement at some of the retarded comments on here.
I reckon that the Echo post these sort of animal cruelty stories on here to see what it brings out of the 'World wide web woodwork' so to speak & again it has paid dividends.
This chap is quite obviously 'a backward sort' coming from Townhill Park, but look at some of this dross in the comments?
Jade whatever your name is, I don't know what the hell you were talking about in your coment but I really had to smile when I was reading it.
And what the hell is a 'Bearded dragon', is that what Harry Potter played Quiddtch on?
Haha, Whilst I'm not a cat lover (though I do like ****) I have to step back in amazement at some of the retarded comments on here. I reckon that the Echo post these sort of animal cruelty stories on here to see what it brings out of the 'World wide web woodwork' so to speak & again it has paid dividends. This chap is quite obviously 'a backward sort' coming from Townhill Park, but look at some of this dross in the comments? Jade whatever your name is, I don't know what the hell you were talking about in your coment but I really had to smile when I was reading it. And what the hell is a 'Bearded dragon', is that what Harry Potter played Quiddtch on? SOULJACKER

9:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

exforester says...

Being unemployed and apparently suffering from depression is no excuse for this kind of behaviour. I know unemployed people, I know people suffering from depression. They would never dream of treating an animal in such a way.
He's just a little man with few scruples trying to act 'big', which shows just what an utter waste of space he is. As he obviously won't be able to pay the fines, perhaps he should do community service - picking up dog sh*t is about his limit. Or maybe he could clean out the odd 'big cat' cage at a zoo - I'd love to see footage of him grabbing a lion by the tail, see how 'tough' he looks then.

Oh - and well done to his 'friends' for filming it and reporting him!!
Being unemployed and apparently suffering from depression is no excuse for this kind of behaviour. I know unemployed people, I know people suffering from depression. They would never dream of treating an animal in such a way. He's just a little man with few scruples trying to act 'big', which shows just what an utter waste of space he is. As he obviously won't be able to pay the fines, perhaps he should do community service - picking up dog sh*t is about his limit. Or maybe he could clean out the odd 'big cat' cage at a zoo - I'd love to see footage of him grabbing a lion by the tail, see how 'tough' he looks then. Oh - and well done to his 'friends' for filming it and reporting him!! exforester

10:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

rightway says...

jademartin95 wrote:
matt you are going to have you comupence ur gunna get yo yoed like that cat ur sick in the head u dont have mental problems ur just a cross dresser u dont even deserve a misses never mind a cat u remember we know where u live u little sick **** mate u should have got sent down from martin + jade
And if something does happen to him the police will know who to visit first. Making childlike threats only shows you to have the same level of intelligence as him.
[quote][p][bold]jademartin95[/bold] wrote: matt you are going to have you comupence ur gunna get yo yoed like that cat ur sick in the head u dont have mental problems ur just a cross dresser u dont even deserve a misses never mind a cat u remember we know where u live u little sick **** mate u should have got sent down from martin + jade[/p][/quote]And if something does happen to him the police will know who to visit first. Making childlike threats only shows you to have the same level of intelligence as him. rightway

11:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Graeme Harrison says...

klappdrachen wrote:
Anyone who can do this to a defenceless animal could easily to the same to a defenceless child or old person.
What a big brave he-man he must be, perhaps he'd like to try it with a lion or tiger. With any luck he'd be eaten.
You're a vegan I take it.
[quote][p][bold]klappdrachen[/bold] wrote: Anyone who can do this to a defenceless animal could easily to the same to a defenceless child or old person. What a big brave he-man he must be, perhaps he'd like to try it with a lion or tiger. With any luck he'd be eaten.[/p][/quote]You're a vegan I take it. Graeme Harrison

1:22am Thu 9 Jan 14

facebook.com says...

I remember this vile waste of sperm from school, Everyone had one of these at school "The Dumb Smelly Lout" kind of guy that will never amount to anything in his life.

And as far as i'm aware this lazy piece of s**t has never worked a day in his life, But unfortunately our government makes it easy for trash like him to claim benefits.
I remember this vile waste of sperm from school, Everyone had one of these at school "The Dumb Smelly Lout" kind of guy that will never amount to anything in his life. And as far as i'm aware this lazy piece of s**t has never worked a day in his life, But unfortunately our government makes it easy for trash like him to claim benefits. facebook.com

11:12am Thu 9 Jan 14

Beeftub says...

Shame on this apalling, cowardly bully - the poor cat could be traumatised for life (my RSPCA special rescue kitty is, due to her ill treatment before they rescued her).
I do hope he hasn't managed to breed yet; he couldn't be trusted with a baby.
Shame on this apalling, cowardly bully - the poor cat could be traumatised for life (my RSPCA special rescue kitty is, due to her ill treatment before they rescued her). I do hope he hasn't managed to breed yet; he couldn't be trusted with a baby. Beeftub

8:31pm Thu 9 Jan 14

KayB80 says...

spotburst wrote:
I wonder if he did this kind of thing as a kid?

http://www.peta.org/

issues/companion-ani

mal-issues/companion

-animals-factsheets/

animal-abuse-human-a

buse-partners-crime/
If you give a sht about animals please don't ever quote PETA for anything. They have no moral highground. They kill more healthy animals (upto %98) overall than they find homes because they "don't have the money" yet seem to have plenty of celeb endorsement and flashy adverts.
[quote][p][bold]spotburst[/bold] wrote: I wonder if he did this kind of thing as a kid? http://www.peta.org/ issues/companion-ani mal-issues/companion -animals-factsheets/ animal-abuse-human-a buse-partners-crime/[/p][/quote]If you give a sht about animals please don't ever quote PETA for anything. They have no moral highground. They kill more healthy animals (upto %98) overall than they find homes because they "don't have the money" yet seem to have plenty of celeb endorsement and flashy adverts. KayB80

1:49pm Fri 10 Jan 14

kiddynamite says...

ill swing you about if im ever lucky enough to bump into you. Proper piece of sh1t!!! your mum must be so proud of you, you complete toss@r!
ill swing you about if im ever lucky enough to bump into you. Proper piece of sh1t!!! your mum must be so proud of you, you complete toss@r! kiddynamite

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