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Horse-hanging sentence expected on Friday

David Whiffin, Clayton Cunningham of Brentwood Bay back in court Friday for Jalupae incident

Two men found guilty of causing an aging horse to suffer will face a provincial court judge Friday to be sentenced.

David Whiffin and Clayton Cunningham attended a sentencing hearing last Friday, March 23 where Crown counsel and defence made their sentencing submissions to Judge Sue Wishart. She plans to make her decision on March 30.

Whiffin and Cunningham were found guilty of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal, and of not providing proper care in the case of Jalupae the Appaloosa, in provincial court on Dec. 13.

The men hanged the horse on Sept. 15, 2009 and buried it on Whiffin’s Brentwood Bay property.

The maximum penalty for causing unnecessary suffering is five years in jail, or a $10,000 fine plus 18 months in jail.