Convicted puppy killer Nathan Thompson charged with failing to comply with animal ban

Nathan Thompson leaves court in 2015.
Nathan Thompson leaves court in 2015.

A Kurri Kurri man convicted of bludgeoning nine puppies to death in 2015 has allegedly been caught with a dog twice since June while serving a court order that banned him from having anything to do with animals for a decade.

Police allege Nathan Francis Thompson had a dog with him in a car on two of three occasions that officers stopped him for allegedly driving with a disqualified license in a two month period this year.

Mr Thompson will face court again on September 20 on a string of driving and drug-related charges, as well as two counts of breaking a court order, following three separate incidents in recent months.

He faced Kurri Kurri local court for the first time in relation to the matters last week.

The 29-year-old has been charged with failing to comply with a court order under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.

Mr Thompson was charged with driving while disqualified and operating a vehicle with an illicit drug – methyl amphetamine – in his blood after he was stopped at Northcote Street, Kurri Kurri, just before 11.30am on June 7. 

He was charged for a second time with driving while disqualified on June 25, as well as possession of a prohibited drug when officers allegedly found a plastic bag containing 21.29 grams of cannabis in the waist band of his pants, after he was stopped in a car at Cessnock.

According to a statement of facts tendered to the court, Mr Thompson told police he bought the cannabis for personal use earlier that day.

Mr Thompson was charged a third time with driving while disqualified on August 8, after he was pulled over at Kurri Kurri.

Police allege Mr Thompson had a dog in the vehicle with him when he was stopped on June 7 and August 8.

According to court documents, Mr Thompson was banned from driving from January 18, 2018, to May 31, 2019.

He was sentenced to 18 months jail with 12 months non-parole in 2015 over the dogs’ deaths and was banned from associating with any animal for 10 years. 

His bid to appeal the severity of the sentence failed.

Fairfax Media reported at the time he killed nine bull terrier-cross puppies by hitting them on the head with a brick and throwing them into bushland on McLeods Road at Kurri Kurri.

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