A MAN has been jailed following a barbaric attack in which chickens were burnt, stabbed and punched.

Former soldier Jack Handley, one of those responsible for the mindless killings at the allotments in Cudworth, was sent to prison for 18 weeks and banned from keeping and owning animals for life.

Rhys Tomlinson, who could have stopped the carnage but did not because he did not want to be a 'grass', was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

One of the chickens had its head pulled off and another was sent 15ft into the air after being stabbed with the spikes of a garden rake, said Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting at Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

Handley, 20, of Thruxton Close, Cudworth, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to seven chickens.

Tomlinson, also 20, of Summerdale Road, Cudworth, admitted criminal damage.

He was ordered to pay £85 in costs, a £60 victim surcharge and £5 in compensation.