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Former Ottawa criminology student guilty of stabbing, beating cat

Credits: MIKE DIBATTISTA /NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW/QMI AGENCY

MEGAN GILLIS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA — A 24-year-old former Carleton University criminology student was convicted of animal cruelty Friday for stabbing and beating a cat then sending sickening texts including a “grisly” picture of the grey tabby’s body to a friend.

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.
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