- Zouma was also ordered to do 180 hours community service
Disgraced Premier League footballer Kurt Zouma has been ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service and banned from keeping cats for five years for kicking and slapping his Bengal pet in a disturbing home video posted on Snapchat.
The £125,000-a-week defender, 27, looked shamefaced as he was told his punishment at Thames Magistrates Court in east London this morning.
West Ham defender Zouma was pilloried after footage emerged of him volleying the pet across his kitchen, before throwing a pair of shoes at it and slapping its head, saying: ‘I swear I’ll kill it.’
The Snapchat clip, from February this year, featured laughing and disgusted animal lovers and football fans.
Father-of-four Zouma pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates Court in east London last week to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat, after blaming the family pet for damaging a chair.
His two Bengal male cats – which can cost up to £1,500 each – have since been signed over to be rehomed by the RSPCA.
District Judge Susan Holdham said: ‘Both of you took part in this disgraceful and reprehensible act with this pet cat.
‘The cat looked up to you to care for its needs. On that date in February you did not provide for its needs.’
Zouma was sentenced for kicking his cat after being prosecuted by the RSPCA under the Animal Welfare Act
Kurt Zouma was forced to apologise after a video of him kicking his cat went viral in February
Earlier prosecutor Hazel Stevens stood for around a minute to address the court, and did not go over the details of the case set out last week.
Trevor Burke QC, for Kurt Zouma, said the cats were described by a vet as well cared for.
He said Zouma ‘did not consent’ for the film, captured by his brother Yoan and uploaded to Snapchat, to be made.
The court heard Yoan had 80 followers on Snapchat, and only five accounts viewed it before it was deleted a few minutes after being posted.
The court heard the ‘premeditated’ attack was filmed by his younger brother, lower-league footballer Yoan Zouma, 24, who sent it to a woman he was due to go on a date with.
But the woman was so shocked that she called off their meeting, telling him: ‘I don’t think hitting a cat like that is OK – don’t bother coming today.
‘I do not want to associate with people who find that funny, in front of a child as well.
‘You should be careful of that stuff, especially with your family being who they are.’
Footage showed Kurt Zouma filming the cat sitting on a chair and approaching it with a slipper before running at the cat.
While carrying the cat at waist height Zouma ‘drops the cat, kicks it in the stomach with his left foot and another cat can be seen running away,’ said RSPCA proscutor Hazel Stevens.
Kurt could be heard laughing in the background while Yoan posted the video with laughing emojis.
Kurt was heard saying ‘I’ll hit it’, ‘you want a fight’ and ‘where is it. Where is it?’ and ‘I’ll kill it – I swear – I’ll kill it.’
The prosecutor added: ‘The cat was brought into the kitchen where it was then kicked. The chasing and the throwing starts.
‘He already has a state of mind that he will do further harm to the cat.’
Yoan admitted one count of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring his older brother to commit an offence.
The pair were released on bail ahead of their sentencing.
The court heard Hammers defender Zouma had been subject to racist abuse and threats, lost a ‘substantial’ sponsorship deal with Adidas, was fined £250,000 and had no longer been picked for the France national team since the furore over the footage emerged.
But his legal team’s claims in court that seven people are to be prosecuted for abusing Zouma were later dismissed by police.
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 by anybody.’
Kurt Zouma’s cats are now happy and healthy as RSPCA prepare to re-home them after West Ham star pleaded guilty to animal cruelty over cat-kicking video
Kurt Zouma‘s cats have been pictured happy and healthy as the RSPCA prepare to re-home them following the disgraced footballer admitting to animal cruelty charges.
Newly released images show his former Bengal cats, Bonbon and Cherie, playfully roaming around their temporary homes while the animal rights charity begins the processing of transferring them to new owners.
In the 20-second clip, the adorable cat meows softly and can be seen playing with toys as it scampers around – just months after a harrowing Snapchat video showed the moment it was savagely kicked by the French footballer.
The Premier League star admitted kicking and slapping his pet cat in a viral video which sparked a series of similar animal cruelty attacks, the court heard.
The shocking incident came to light after a woman who had been due to go on a date with Kurt’s brother Yoan saw the footage on his Snapchat, prompting her to raise the alarm and cancel her date.
The woman, who was not named, told Yoan Zouma she ‘did not want to associate’ with anyone who found his brother’s actions funny.
Newly released images show his former Bengal cats, Bonbon and Cherie, playfully roaming around their temporary homes while the animal rights charity begins the processing of transferring them to new owners
The West Ham United defender pleaded guilty to two counts under the Animal Welfare Act when he appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London.
Zouma, 27, was forced to apologise after harrowing footage was filmed and shared by his younger brother Yoan, 24, who also admitted one offence during the hearing.
Prosecutors also told the court that the footage sparked a spate of copycat attacks which were filmed and shared online, sparking outrage from campaigners.
The court was told about disturbing footage of the incident, filmed at Zouma’s home and posted on Snapchat by his brother on February 6.
It was later seen by a woman who had been messaging Yoan, who raised the alarm.
Zouma could be seen volleying the Bengal cat across his kitchen, before throwing a pair of shoes at it and slapping its head.
Prosecutor Hazel Stevens told the court Kurt Zouma could be heard saying: ‘I swear I’ll kill it, I swear I’ll kill it.’
First published in Daily Mail (UK)