Cat's grisly death

A Hawera man who killed a stray cat with a samurai sword will find out his own fate in April.

Kevin Walter Wann, 55,  pleaded guilty to a charge of cruelty to an animal and possession of an offensive weapon when he appeared before Judge Paul Whitehead in the Hawera District Court yesterday.

According to the summary of facts, at about 7.20pm on March 3, a stray cat entered Wann's Hawera home.

He then picked up the 50cm long samurai sword and stabbed the cat while it was still in the house.

The defendant then chased the cat out of the house into the backyard where he stabbed it again.

He then waved the sword around for a period of time with the cat still impaled on it, before it fell off onto the ground.

The cat died shortly after.

A neighbour, who had seen Wann, came over to confront the defendant who then brandished the sword at him.

Wann's lawyer Rajan Rai said his client's health and mental health issues needed assessment prior to sentencing.

Mr Rai requested a pre-sentence report be ordered to look at options of community or home detention.

Judge Whitehead convicted Wann on the two charges, ordered a pre-sentence report and remanded him on bail for sentence to April 16.

Taranaki Daily News