Dog murderer Everald James has been found guilty of animal cruelty after hanging his pet terrier dog from railings outside his South London home.

The 48-year-old, of Beconsfield Road, Mottingham, appeared at Bexleyheath Magistrates' Court where he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Police were called at 6.50pm on 6 October to reports that a man had just killed his dog. Officers attended and found the body of a dead dog, which had been tied to railings outside a flat with a rope around its neck.

James was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and taken to a South London police station, where he was charged on 8 October with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal (contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006). He has been bailed to return to Bexleyheath Magistrates' Court for sentencing on 14 January 2016.