Warning Graphic: Former soldier jailed after using a cat as a football

A former soldier has been jailed after sickening CCTV footage captured him kicking a cat to death in a the middle of the street.

Anthony Delaney had drunk at least 10 pints of lager at the time of the incident in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, but tried to claim he was putting the animal out of its misery after it had been hit by a car.

The 30-year-old was filmed booting the defenceless cat twice during a night out in September last year.

Delaney was handed an 18-week jail term and banned from keeping animals for five years.