Gemma Brogan Wiki – Gemma Brogan Bio
Gemma Brogan and Christopher Bennett a couple have been jailed for six years after they allowed their seven children to live in “disgusting” conditions in a house packed with 35 dogs while receiving £7,000 (~$8,000) a month in benefits.
Christopher Bennett, and Gemma Brogan, were sentenced on Monday, November 7 after pleading guilty to seven counts of child neglect. The duo has also reportedly admitted to animal cruelty after being prosecuted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Authorities responded to the three-bedroom house in Eastbourne, East Sussex, following reports of a domestic incident on June 14, 2021, and were shocked at the conditions inside.
Gemma Brogan is 41 years old, and Christopher Bennett is 35 years old.
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The court heard how responding officers had to cover their faces from the stench before seeing an abandoned seven-year-old boy sleeping on a couch next to a dead dog. The boy was reportedly covered in animal feces and was naked except for a diaper. His hair was matted and dirty and had been severely neglected for years. Authorities said seven children, ages four to 17, and 35 dogs were removed from the property and treated. The four youngest now live with supportive families.
Justice Stephen Mooney told Lewes Crown Court how Bennett and Brogan “wasted £7,000 a month that should have been spent on the children”. The couple would have been receiving £84,000 (~$96,000) in benefits per year. “It is impossible for any one person to understand the enormity of their failings,” the judge said, adding: “Whatever was going on in their relationship, they should have been looking after those children. How do you have 35 dogs, £7,000 in benefits?” How is this allowed to happen?
As mentioned, police responded to the defendant’s address after a report of a domestic incident. “Upon entering the address, our officers were shocked at the state of the property and had great concern for the welfare of all the children,” Sussex Police Detective Fiona Ashcroft said in a statement. “The stench upon entering the hallway hit the officers hard; they could not breathe normally due to the stench. The state of the entire house was shocking and disgusting; it was messy and littered with discarded clothing, rubbish, rotten food, and animal feces. It seemed as if it had been dirty for several years. There was a deafening sound of dogs barking and barking coming from the room across the hall. When the door to the living room was opened, the officers were shocked to see dozens of dogs clambering over each other. others to try to get to the open door. All the dogs looked malnourished and skinny. Their coats were greasy, matted, and covered in each other’s feces.”
Detective Ashcroft continued, “Amidst the filth and melee of dogs, officers removed a sleeping boy from the sofa, who was dressed only in a soiled diaper and had dogs jumping on him. The seven children, who were then between ages four and 17, were immediately taken into emergency protection and, after a partnership working with the local authority children’s services, were subsequently rehoused. The four youngest children now live with supportive families and are learning all the core, social, mobility, and life skills that our society depends on. He added: “This was a particularly appalling example of child neglect. The address is a three-bedroom property that had 10 occupants and 35 crammed dogs. It is impossible to paint an accurate picture of the full extent of the degradation and filthiness of these vulnerable children. they had to put up with. It’s unequivocally one of the most horrible addresses I’ve ever been in.”
Since then, the 35 dogs removed from the property by the RSPCA have been relocated. In light of the animal cruelty charges, Brogan was sentenced to an 18-week prison term suspended for two years. He also received a five-year ban on all animals, 30 days of rehabilitation activity, and 100 hours of community service work. Meanwhile, Bennett was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison and indefinitely disqualified from keeping animals, the Daily Mail reported.