Campers horrified after teen kills lamb with wartime bayonet

Campers horrified after teen kills lamb with wartime bayonetPA

A group of campers were left horrified after a teenager used his grandfather's war bayonet to slaughter a lamb before trying to cook it on the campfire.

Alex Sleigh, 18, stabbed the animal in the chest before carrying it back to cook with other campers, who swiftly called the police.

According to the report in the Daily Mail, Burnley Crown Court heard that Mr Sleigh told police he had set out to hunt and kill, and that it would have been more fun if the animal had "put up more of a struggle".

Sleigh, who has no previous convictions, also told the police he had thought about hunting for a while.

Officers found a number of weapons and "concerning documents" under his bed at home.

Natalie Cornwall, prosecuting, said Sleigh was camping in Rivington, Lancashire, with a group of 20 other youths.

He told them he killed the lamb because he was hungry, and then cut off a leg before attempting to cook it on a skewer, throwing it away when it didn't work.

Mr Sleigh was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome after the incident and has had treatment.

He admitted possessing a knife and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, and was given a two-year supervision order and banned from owning animals for five years.

Read more at the Daily Mail.

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