Credits: MIKE DIBATTISTA /NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW/QMI AGENCY
Carl Hawe’s lawyer, Michael Johnston, argued there was no evidence that Hawe ever owned a cat.
Pierre Labranche was credible when he testified Hawe told him he got a cat and got tired of it then sent him the texts in December 2011.
“F---ed that b--- up haha,” the texts said. “Shanked it once then picked up a wooden stick. Beat the sh-- out of it then rammed the stick into its belly.”
Labranche gave the texts -- which Hawe later said were a joke -- to the Ottawa Humane Society.
“They are so shocking one wonders why anyone would make these comments in jest,” prosecutor James Bocking said.