Sick mum filmed offering cocaine to monkey then trying to flush terrorised pet down the loo


Vicki Holland, 38, a mum-of-four, who has previous convictions for selling cocaine, pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences.

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RSPCA: Shocking moment marmoset gets flushed down toilet

A woman was caught on CCTV offering her pet monkey cocaine and flushing the petrified animal down the toilet.

Vicki Holland, 38, and mother-of-four, lived with a marmoset native to tropical forests in Central and South America in her semi-detached home in Newport, Gwent.

Mobile phone videos show Holland shouting, swearing and laughing at the monkey as she unleashed a torrent of abuse.

She tells the animal: “You want some coke? Lick my fingers.”

The clips, filmed on Holland’s phone, were uncovered by Gwent police after a drugs bust at her home and the footage was reported to the RSPCA.

Magistrates at Newport, Gwent, banned Holland from keeping all animals for life after pleading guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences.

She has also been given a 12-week jail term, suspended for 12 months. She must also pay £420 in costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

Vicki Holland pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences

Holland offered the frightened monkey cocaine

One clip showed her hand holding cocaine while the monkey cowered in the corner of her home.

Another showed Holland shouting after it seems one of her children flushes the loo with the monkey in the toilet bowl. Holland stops the child from flushing again and shrieking can be heard as the traumatised monkey looks for a way out.

Holland sold the marmoset a week before her court appearance, but the animal was located at another address.

The court heard the animal was “terrified as a result of her aggression and abuse whilst it was within a toilet bowl”.

The monkey was signed into the care of the RSPCA before being transferred to specialist primate experts at ‘Monkey World’ in Dorset for ongoing and appropriate care.

Speaking after sentencing, RSPCA inspector and exotics officer Sophie Daniels said: “I was immediately and gravely concerned about the welfare of this marmoset when I saw these disturbing videos.

“An independent vet soon confirmed that the marmoset was suffering unnecessarily as a result of the way she had been treated.

The monkey has been referred to specialist services for support

The RSPCA say marmosets are by far the most common primates being kept as pets.

However, the RSPCA is “totally opposed” to the keeping of any primate as a pet, because it is so hard to meet their complex needs in a domestic environment.

After the case, RSPCA senior scientific manager Dr Ros Clubb, added: “Sadly our inspectors see monkeys cooped up in bird cages, fed fast food and sugary drinks, deprived of friends of their own kind and suffering from disease as a result of poor care.”

Animal rights charities including the RSPCA have campaigned to make primate ownership illegal in the UK.

Holland has appeared in court once before this year in May where she was ordered to pay more than £4,000 over a hidden cocaine haul found in Kinder eggs.

She was rumbled when police raided her house and found the drugs hidden inside the chocolate sweets’ plastic capsules.

Holland was with her partner Russell Cox when officers burst through the front door.

Holland and Russell Cox were busted for running a cocaine business

Police found drug paraphernalia and Kinder Eggs containing £1,600 worth of cocaine.

Holland and Cox, 43, both admitted possession with intent to supply a class-A drug at Newport Crown Court.

Scott Bowen, defending Holland, said: “She accepts she got involved and did so rather stupidly.

“Her biggest dread is what would happen to her four young children if she were sent to prison.”

Cox, from Cwmbran, south Wales was jailed for 30 months and Holland was jailed for 20 months, suspended for two years in November last year.

A Proceeds of Crime hearing was told the couple made almost £40,000 from their cocaine business.

Cox made £31,904.46 from drug dealing but was left with just £180 which can be seized in available assets.

She was ordered to pay back the money within three months or face three months behind bars.

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