A "sadistic" convicted killer who cut open a hedgehog and left her intestines hanging out was caught naked wearing prosthetic breasts.
Richard Coyle, 56, was slapped with an 18-month sentence after the animal was found covered in a "white creamy substance" in a box on his bedside table.
Police stormed into a house located in Crosskeys, Wales, to find the former soldier lying in bed whilst nude from the waist down.
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He was arrested after officers discovered a cucumber, a vacuum pipe, a gas stove, women's clothing, a shard of mirror and candles, among other items in his room.
The creature was found to have endured a cut to the stomach and three of her limbs. She had to be euthanised following the incident that took place on September 29, last year.
Coyle later pleaded guilty to causing avoidable suffering to a protected animal, cruelty to a wild mammal, and breaking a disqualification order.
Prosecutor Sara Pratt revealed that Coyle had previously been jailed for 26 weeks after he brutally set fire to a hedgehog and cut off its limbs.
Police were called to reports of a woman screaming "help me" at a camp in Blackwood on November 3, 2020.
Officers reported that they could smell burning flesh and hair before they entered a tent at the campsite.
There they found Coyle with a pair of scissors, a lit candle and a huge knife before finding a butchered hedgehog with a visibly broken nose.
According to the officers, the animal was covered in candle wax and had three of its limbs cut off, reports Wales Online.
Coyle was subsequently arrested and told police "It's only a f***ing hedgehog, it has fleas" and alleged that someone had hurled it into his tent in that condition.
It was reported that Coyle was in fact the person who had screamed "help me" in a high-pitched voice.
In 2006, Coyle was jailed for two years for the manslaughter of David Dowden, 35, following a one-punch attack.
Dowden passed away in hospital from a slow bleed on the brain 18 days after Coyle had fractured his skull with a single punch to the head.
William Bebb said his client served in the military and was a Welsh champion boxer before he was diagnosed with PTSD.
He said Coyle's experience of war caused him to fall into drug and alcohol dependency.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said: "This was a deliberate and sadistic infliction of pain on a defenceless animal subjected to appalling cruelty at your hands…. This was just about a cruel a case as one could imagine and a mirror image of your previous offence."
Coyle will be unable to own or keep an animal for 20 years.
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