Lympstone Royal Marine admits kicking and throwing his puppy

PUBLISHED: 17:59 08 August 2018

Exeter magistrates court.

Exeter magistrates court.

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A Royal Marine has admitted attacking his own puppy, kicking it, then throwing it onto the floor at Lympstone railway station.

A court heard how Commando Danny Foster was seen attacking his four-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier puppy, called Duchy, at a railway station near the Lympstone Commando Training Centre base in April.

A family saw the dog off its lead by his feet one evening at the railway station shelter and the pup walked off towards the family members.

The court heard how 31-year-old Foster appeared to be staggering around drunk when he grabbed the puppy and put it under his arm.

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said Foster put ‘both his hands around the dog’s neck and his arms were outstretched above his head and he threw the dog to the floor’.

Miss Baker said the dog was thrown ‘two or three yards in front of him and he went forward and kicked the dog’.

The family shouted ‘oh my God he has thrown the dog’.

Foster, of the Commando Training base at Lympstone, then ran off and staggered into a nearby pub and came out carrying the puppy under his arm.

Police were called and Foster was found at the camp’s car park where he shouted abuse at cops and senior Marine officers.

Police used captor spray to subdue him, and he was arrested, but said nothing in interview.

Miss Caroline Salvatore, defending, said it was an ‘isolated incident and Foster was ‘very remorseful’.

She said Foster had been drinking to black out a four-year military court martial process which had seen him cleared - but she said some people said there was ‘no smoke without fire’.

Miss Salvatore said Foster had lost his wife, children and home through the stress of that process after a 14-year career in the Royal Marines.

“He tried to block things out. He was drinking until his memory blacked out every day,” said Miss Salvatore.

Foster admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the puppy and was fined £900 and £175 costs.

Magistrates, sitting at Exeter, told Foster: “It was not a pleasant thing you did and not very clever for a man of your standing.”


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