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Blood ‘splattered on the wall’ at scene of alleged cockfight in Seven Kings, court hears

PUBLISHED: 19:32 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:32 13 November 2017

Stock photo of a cock fight (credit: Carsten Ten Brink/Flickr under a Creative Commons License)

Stock photo of a cock fight (credit: Carsten Ten Brink/Flickr under a Creative Commons License)

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A police officer who attended the scene of an alleged illegal cockfight told the court that he saw blood splatters up the wall.

Romford Magistrates’ Court heard how police attended the home of Mohammed Asab, of Water Lane, Seven Kings on January 2 this year.

Mr Asab is one of six people standing trial, charged with offences relating to animal cruelty and cockfighting.

The 50-year-old has denied seven charges including causing an animal fight involving cockerels, taking part in an animal fight involving cockerels, kept or trained cockerels for use in connection with an animal fight, kept premises for use for an animal fight, and causing unnecessary suffering to a cockerel by failing to provide veterinary care.

On Monday, Hazel Stevens, prosecuting for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), told the court that police had executed a search warrant at Mr Asab’s home at 5pm, on January 2.

Giving evidence, Pc Kinsey confirmed that police attended and searched the premises.

Upon entering a shed in the back garden, the officer said he saw “lots of blood splatters” on the wall and “fresh breast feathers” on the floor.

Under cross-examination, when the officer was asked if he was an “expert in feathers”, he confirmed he had a lifelong hobby of keeping chickens.

Pc Kinsey told the court that Mr Asab explained that he bred champion chickens for show.

Another officer found an injured cockerel inside a grey cat box behind the shed, which Mr Asab said had been attacked by a fox.

Ten cockerels, two hens, two mobile phones, equipment associated with cockfighting and a blood covered towel were seized and removed from the scene.

Four other men and a 17-year-old who cannot be named, are also standing trial, charged with being present at an animal fight involving cockerels.

Mohamed Arif, 43, of Fairfield Road, Ilford; Akhtar Hussain, 47, of Greenhill Grove, Manor Park; Mehtab Ahmed, 41, of Celebration Way, Chingford; and Altaf Hussain, 54, of Parkstone Road, Coventry in the West Midlands, have all pleaded not guilty.

The trial is expected to run until Wednesday.

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