Zouma has to do community service and can’t have cats for the next five years.
At the Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London, district judge Susan Holdham told the 27-year-old man his sentence. He didn’t show any emotion. Zouma upset people worldwide when a video showed him throwing his pet across the room, then throwing a pair of shoes at it and hitting its head. Ms. Holdham said that what Zouma did was “disgraceful and wrong.” She also said, “The cat trusted you to take care of it.” On that date in February, you didn’t give it what it needed, but instead, you made it suffer needlessly for your own pleasure.”
Zouma pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary pain to a cat. He did this because he thought the cat was to blame for a chair that was broken.
A West Ham representative said that the team hopes “everyone will give Kurt a chance to learn from his mistake and move on.” Since the accident, Zouma has signed over her two male Bengal cats so that they can find new homes.
The court was told that the “planned” attack was caught on camera by Yoan Zouma’s brother. The 24-year-old sent the video to a woman he was going out with. He plays football in a lower league. But the video shocked the woman, and she told the Frenchman, “I don’t think it’s OK to hit a cat like that. Don’t come today.” Yoan pleaded guilty to one count of helping, encouraging, advising, or getting his older brother to commit a crime. “You both took part in this shameful and wrong thing with this pet cat,” the district judge said when he gave them their sentences. You should know that many young people look up to you and want to be like you.” Kurt Zouma has to pay almost £9,000 in court costs, and his brother has to do 140 hours of community service.