Man to face trial accused of causing unnecessary suffering to snake

Ricky McWee who has been accused of animal welfare offences, including causing unnecessary suffering to a Reticulated Python

Ricky McWee who has been accused of animal welfare offences, including causing unnecessary suffering to a Reticulated Python, leaving Norwich Magistrates Court. - Credit: Peter Walsh, Archant Norfolk

A man is to stand trial accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a snake.

Ricky McWee, 27, has denied one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a Reticulated Python, a protected animal, at a flat in Cabbell Road, Cromer, between December 24 last year and February 6 this year.

McWee, of Princess Court, Holt, has also pleaded not guilty to a count of failing to ensure the welfare of a Burmese Python at Cromer between the same dates, in that he did not ensure adequate veterinary care for breathing problems was provided. 

He has also denied a third charge of failing to ensure the welfare of two Burmese Pythons and two Reticulated Pythons at Cromer between the same dates in that the animals were not provided with a suitable environment that was hygienic and provided adequate heat.

The defendant, who is represented by Simon Nicholls, appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Friday (August 27) for a case management hearing.

A trial has been fixed for November 25.