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Cat woman Mary Bale pleads guilty – fined £250 and banned from keeping animals

Mary Bale has pleaded guilty to the charge of causing unnecessary harm to a cat after it in a wheelie bin.

The 45-year-old appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court this morning following the incident which took place in Bray in August.

Coventry magistrates fined Bale £250 plus £15 victim surcharge and court costs of £1,171.04p.

She was also banned from keeping or owning animals for the next five years.

District judge Caroline Goulborn said: ”The media interest in this case has resulted in you being vilified in some quarters and I have taken that into account.

”I accept that you were in a stressful situation at the time, but that’s no excuse for what you did.”

Bale gained global notoriety when she was filmed dumping Lola the cat into a wheelie bin.

CCTV showed Bale grabbing Lola by the scruff of the neck, throwing her in a wheelie bin and slamming the lid shut.

The terrified tabby was trapped for 15 hours before her owners Stephanie Andrews-Mann, 24, and husband Darryl, 26, finally found her the following morning.

Bank worker Bale, signed off from her role at Natwest with stress following the incident, became a global hate figure – receiving threats from around the world.

She was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a cat while a second charge of not providing the cat with a suitable environment was dropped.

Cat woman Mary Bale: the full timeline

August 23: Footage emerges of unknown lady dumping cat in bin

August 24: Story shocks world and woman goes into hiding

August 25: Public gets first glimpse of Mary Bale

August 25: Mary Bale apologises and is whisked away by the RSPCA

August 26: Customers at Mary Bale’s workplace call for her to be fired

August 27: Mary Bale is spoofed on Youtube

September 20: Mary Bale charged with animal cruelty

October 19: Mary Bale arrives at court and pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge

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