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8 December 2012, 08:24 | Updated: 8 December 2012, 08:30
A man from Bedford whose partner filmed him repeatedly beating his dog before reporting the attacks to police has been jailed
Konrad Kocjan, 30, was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison after Luton Magistrates' Court saw harrowing footage of him abusing the family pet.
In the footage, filmed by the mother of his five-year-old son, Kocjan could be seen whipping the dog over and over again with a chain and a stick and another clip showed him smashing his female tan and white Staffordshire bull terrier cross's head against a wall.
Kocjan, of Hereford Road, had previously admitted five offences of causing unnecessary cruelty to the dog
District Judge Kenneth Sheraton described the attacks as ``gratuitous'' and ``purposeful''.
"I have to say that I am no enthusiastic lover of animals and, from time to time, I see cases of ill treatment come before the court. This is, in my view, one of the worst I have seen"
The court heard that an expert who examined the footage found the attacks would have caused 'physical and mental distress and suffering' but that the dog was left with no long-term wounds.