A GOLD Coast man who filmed himself torturing rats was today sentenced to 120 days in prison on each of four charges of animal cruelty.
Ryan Frank Geaghan, 24, is alleged to have trapped the rats in a box at his place of work and poured boiling water over them between June 22-23, 2010.
The rats that survived were then repeatedly stabbed with a sharp metal implement. He allegedly stabbed one rat up to 30 times.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
It’s understood Geaghan had been working as a farmhand at a local property at the time and was advised to take care of a rat infestation in bird nesting boxes.
Geaghan filmed the acts on his smart phone and a voice is heard making numerous chilling comments including, “People say I’m evil. I’m evil Knievel.” “You like that boiling water bro?” and “I can’t get enough of the squishin”.
The rats could be heard squealing in pain and suffered a very slow death.
In total, it is alleged the young man killed 65 rats by causing them unnecessary pain with a slow, painful death.
Geaghan was released on parole immediately because of time already served and prohibited from owning animals for a period of five years.
“There is no doubt Magistrate O’Driscoll took this very seriously indeed and thankfully that has been reflected in the sentence,” said RSPCA Queensland Chief Inspector of Prosecutions Annabel Buchanan.
“We believe Geaghan’s behaviour and acts of cruelty were particularly disturbing.”
Magistrate O’Driscoll commented that Geaghan’s conduct was immature, inexcusable, unacceptable and deplorable and of concern to the Court and the community.
He noted that the video was particularly disturbing and that a sentence of imprisonment was the only appropriate penalty for this offence and to ensure that the standards of the community are maintained in relation to caring for all animals.
The 23-year-old man also pleaded guilty to 45 unrelated offences committed between 2010 and 2013 including stealing $700 of groceries from a Robina Woolworths, supplying and possessing cannabis, and keeping a stash of illegal guns, ammunition, methamphetamine and stolen goods at a number of locations across the Gold Coast.
The court heard Geaghan had a drug addiction and a suffered from a psychotic illness.