Oct 19, 2010 at 09:34AM EDT
Bale, a 45-year-old bank worker, has described the incident as a “split second of misjudgment that has got completely out of control” but offered no explanation for why she did it. She pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at Coventry Magistrates’ Court, in central England.
The court fined her STG250 ($A402) and ordered her to pay more than Stg1,100 ($A1,768) in costs.
District judge Caroline Goulborn told Bale that she was taking into account the media interest surrounding the case, which “has resulted in you being vilified in some quarters” as well as the condition of Bale’s elderly father, who was gravely ill at the time.
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