Couple stabbed dog breeder in the throat after being sold £800 puppy who died so she'd 'feel the same pain' | The Sun
A TWISTED couple who stabbed a dog breeder in the throat after their puppy died have been jailed.
A 48-year-old woman was knifed on her doorstep after being blamed for the £800 dog's death.
Chelsea Rees, 26, and boyfriend Michael Kingston, 31, said they launched the feral attack so the breeder "feel the same pain".
The court heard Rees and Kingston bought three Bullmastiff puppies for £2,450 from a litter of 13 bred by the Swansea-based breeder.
But within days the couple said one of puppies died, with Kingston saying the pup's stomach "exploded" while Rees said it was "in-bred".
It is unclear which puppy died, but Rees claimed the two other puppies were later put down.
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Georgia Donoghue, prosecuting, said: "The dog breeder told the couple the puppy had been healthy when she sold it."
Rees had wanted to stab the dog breeder 13 times – one for each puppy in the litter.
Swansea Crown Court heard the breeder answered her front door to find Kingston on her doorstep on a dark night in August.
The 48-year-old saw the caller putting his hand in his pocket then "thumping" her in the throat causing her to stumble backwards and put her hands to her neck.
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She then saw a "silver" object in Kingston's hand and when she removed her hands from her throat she saw they were covered in blood.
The victim managed to close her front door and call 999.
The court heard the following day police received a call from a pal of Rees saying she was making threats to kill the breeder and stab her in the stomach.
Rees, who did not join Kingston on the attack, said she was "glad" when she heard what he had done.
The 26-year-old added how she wanted the 48-year-old woman to "scream in pain" before wishing to "finish off" the breeder.
Kingston later told police: "It's not fair – she was not feeling the same pain as the dogs did".
In her interview Rees said her feelings "boiled over" after losing the three pups.
In her victim impact statement the breeder said the attack had left her "living in a world of fear", suffering with anxiety, and feeling "alone and isolated".
Kingston, of Swansea, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent, inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession of a bladed article.
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Rees, of Mayhill, Swansea, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent, making threats to kill, and possession of bladed articles.
Both Kingston and Rees were sentenced to a total of five years in prison.
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