A man who admitted bludgeoning a cat to death at a Betws y Coed hotel has today (31 May) been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Dylan Marcus Edwards (d.o.b 4/2/1967), of Llanrwst had previously pleaded guilty to the charge of causing a cat unnecessary suffering, at Llandudno Magistrates Court on Tuesday 23 May.

Sentencing took place at the same court today. He was given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for a two-year period. In addition, Edwards was disqualified from owning any animal for four years, told to do 250 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £750 in costs.

The case followed the killing of a cat in the kitchen of the Royal Oak Hotel – which prompted widespread anger among the local community, and much condemnation via social media.

Shockingly, the animal was beaten to death with a piece of wood on 2 December. It is understood Mr Edwards believed his actions to be legal as the cat was feral.

RSPCA Cymru undertook a detailed investigation of the incident, and have described the act as a “heinous crime” which would have caused “unimaginable pain” to the cat involved.

The charity was unable to locate the body of the animal, which was disposed of by the man.

Edwards, who had served as a Head Chef/Catering Manager at the hotel, was dismissed by hotel management before court proceedings.

RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis said:

“To bludgeon a cat to death in this way is a heinous crime, and it is no surprise there was such widespread condemnation to this act across North Wales.

“With no body or witnesses to the incident, this was a complex investigation, but RSPCA Cymru worked hard to ensure legal ramifications were faced for this despicable action.

“The poor cat was chased, caught and beaten, in what must have been a terrifying experience, causing unimaginable pain. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for such cruelty.”