A Tasmanian man who tortured and abused a seagull after deliberately catching it with a fishing hook has been sentenced to six weeks’ jail, suspended for two years.
- Connor Joseph Churchill encouraged his friends to join him in torturing the animal
- A veterinary consultant said the seagull would have likely suffered long-term damage, if not death
- Magistrate Chris Webster described the act as “vicious” and “callous”
Connor Joseph Churchill, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated cruelty likely to result in death, disablement or serious deformity and one count of animal cruelty.
Churchill was fishing with friends off the causeway at Midway Point, near Hobart, in April 2018 when he baited a hook and placed it on the causeway,…