While magistrates deliberated on the case, Calderwood shouted from the docks: ‘I’ve have been anxious about this for over a year. Do I have to suffer any longer?’
Magistrate Michael Herlihy told Calderwood that his actions had been ‘deliberate’ and would have caused ‘significant distress’ to the dog and it owner and that his medical condition, which was not specified, led to his sentence being suspended.
He was handed a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was also ordered to pay £150 in costs and £150 compensation to Ms Riddex.
After receiving his punishment, Calderwood complained about the compensation he had to pay to Toffee’s owner. He said: ‘The animal should have been taken to a vet.’