Notorious moped crook Zuriel Hutson in court again – for keeping an exotic monkey in his bedroom
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A prolific moped criminal found himself back in court – for keeping an exotic monkey in his bedroom.
Zuriel Hutson, who was jailed in April for careering down the wrong side of the M11 at 90mph following a phone snatch, was found guilty today of failing to ensure the welfare of an animal he was responsible for.
The court heard he kept the marmoset in a small cage in his one-bed flat in Highbury New Park.
He was fined £500, ordered to pay court costs of £650 and banned from keeping animals indefinitely – something that shouldn’t bother him for a while since he’s only just been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Police said they found the creature while searching his home in October.
“A primate expert attended the address and made it clear that the environment the monkey was being kept in was not suitable,” Scotland Yard said in a statement.
“There were not correct or adequate provisions present to feed or look after the animal.”
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The monkey was seized and a primate expert found she was underweight, “lacking in muscle tone” and suffering from a “dirty, ungroomed coat”.
“The marmoset was experiencing unnecessary suffering, both physically and mentally,” added police.
Hutson refused to tell cops the animal’s name. Despite this, she has now found happiness in Monkey World, Dorset, under the moniker Amy.
Det Con Ben Jefferd said: “It is obviously very cruel to keep any animal, let alone an exotic monkey, in such poor conditions without the proper training or understanding of its needs. Amy is now safe and enjoying the facilities kindly supplied at Monkey World.
“Thanks to a ban handed down at court today, Hutson is prohibited from keeping any animal again indefinitely.”