By Mboh Promise
West Ham defender, Kurt Zouma has pleaded guilty in court for kicking and slapping his cat.
In a video that circulated on social media in February, Zouma could be seen kicking the cat across his kitchen, before throwing a pair of shoes at it and slapping its head.
The court was told about disturbing footage of the incident, filmed at Zouma’s home and posted on Snapchat by his brother.
On May 24, 2022, Zouma pleaded guilty in court to committing the act.
While in court, prosecutor Hazel Stevens told the court he could be heard saying “I swear I’ll kill it, I swear I’ll kill it.”
The report says two cats are still under the care of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and Zouma has agreed they can be rehomed.
The 27-year-old was forced to apologise and West Ham fined their player concerning the incident and made donations to nine animal welfare charities in the UK and overseas.
Possible sentencing and another hearing of the case have been adjourned to June 1, 2022.