A man who sold tortoises over the internet was sentenced today for animal cruelty offences relating to 151 of the creatures.That explains a lot.
Ian Crosby, 48, of Llantwit Major, south Wales, admitted seven charges under the Animal Welfare Act, which also related to five iguanas in his possession, the local authority prosecuting him said.
Barry magistrates gave Crosby a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He will be supervised for 12 months and must carry out 200 hours unpaid work. He was also banned from keeping animals for five years.
So we're not so much dealing with an inspired entrepreneur, but rather a chancer who swings into action without fully assessing the benefits and pitfalls of his latest get-rich-quick idea. There used to be a TV programme based around this very trait.
He may be deemed too irresponsible to supervise so much as a hamster these days, but being landlord of a righteous dream venue which will, let's face it, only be frequented by under 18s? No problem at all for Welsh politicos.
It was last night welcomed by an AM who has criticised the city for relying on “cheap nightclubs”.If I were Morgan, I'd be asking questions of my researchers.
“Any initiative to provide a more diverse nightlife in Cardiff is welcome,” [Cardiff North AM Jonathan Morgan] said.
And Crosby? Well, let's hope he's not disappointed if by this time next year he's not a millionaire.