Piglet killers walk free after being handed suspended jail term

Judge says the two acted with cruelty - but they are unlikely to enter prison as they have no previous convictions

Agüera (left) and Randekevicius in court

By Richard Torné

A man who crushed 79 piglets to death by diving on them at a farm in Huércal Overa has been handed a 15-month suspended prison sentence by a judge in Almería.

Farm worker Daniel Asensio Agüera was filmed on his mobile phone doing three belly flops on dozens of piglets. Nineteen died on the spot and the remainder over the following days.

A second defendant, Mantas Randakevicius, was handed the same jail term after being found guilty of aiding and abetting Agüera.

The killings happened at the Filo Porc farm in Huércal Overa on January 2016. At the one-day trial in Almería city, the court heard that the two were herding the two-week and month-old piglets down a narrow passageway into a rearing pen when Agüera, who was aged 19 at the time, handed his mobile to Randakevicius and asked him to film him diving on them.

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