Chef’s son found guilty of animal cruelty
Carl Plum, the son of noted chef Camilla Plum, has been found guilty of animal cruelty for first slitting the throat of a pony named Tarzan on Tisvildeleje Beach in northern Zealand in the summer of 2013, and then decapitating it.
Plum and a companion were convicted of violations of the Animal Welfare Act and the Weapons Act, along with the unlawful slaughter of an animal.
The weapons conviction relates to the knife that was used to kill and behead the pony.
A deliberate act
The pony belonged to Camila Plum, who found its head in her garden and reported it to the police.
Both Plum and his accomplice were sentenced to 30 days in prison and ordered to pay court costs.
Plum was not present when her son's sentence was handed down.
Judge Torben Hvid said the three lay judges who assessed the case found that the killing of the pony was a deliberate act that the two suspects had committed in co-operation with one another.
“This was a carefully planned and co-operative project,” said the judge when passing judgement. “Tasks relating to the slaughter of this pony were broken down and planned.”
Defendants launch appeal
Hvid said the animal had endured "quite significant suffering for no particular reason”.
However, it was not recommended that Plum and his friend be forced to stay away from animals in the future.
“Once the sentence is served, there is no reason to believe they will do something similar again,” said Hvid.
Both Plum and his co-defendant have already appealed against the verdict, which could take the case to the High Court.