It has been revealed that online sleuths helped arrest depraved British animal abuser Adam Britton after they identified a leash in a dog torture video he posted online.
The only clue led Australian police to the Darwin animal shelter, owned by crocodile expert Britton, 51, where they found severed pets.
Britton pleaded guilty in the Darwin Supreme Court on Monday to a series of charges relating to animal abuse, bestiality and possession of child exploitation material.
The court heard Britton obtained around 42 dogs on Gumtree Australia, often from owners who reluctantly gave away their pets due to work commitments, in order to sexually exploit them for his own sadistic pleasure.
Britton operated two Telegram accounts called ‘monster’ and ‘Cerberus’ (the latter named after a three-headed dog in Greek mythology) between 2020 and 2022.
She used the accounts to interact with like-minded people about animal cruelty and bestiality and to share videos of the sickening abuse.
However, he was the master of his own downfall when he posted a disturbing video called ‘1B***h9Pups’ on an abuse website on March 22, 2022, which revealed a clue to his identity and whereabouts that ultimately led to his fall.
It has been revealed that online sleuths helped arrest depraved British animal abuser Adam Britton (pictured) after they identified a leash in a dog torture video he posted online.
Pictured: An archive image of a dog on an orange City of Darwin leash, like the one the internet sleuth saw in Britton’s abuse video that ultimately led to his downfall.
The next day, March 23, an anonymous internet user noticed that the adult dog was wearing a distinctive orange leash branded by the city of Darwin with the slogan “Great pets start with you.”
The user alerted the Northern Territory (NT) Animal Welfare Division about the video via email, prompting the organization to refer the matter to police.
On April 22, a month after he posted the video, NT Police and Australian Federal Police officers raided Britton’s home in Mcminns Lagoon, south of Darwin.
There, detectives seized 44 items, including computers, cell phones, cameras, external hard drives, tools, weapons, dog paraphernalia and sex toys.
The prosecution said police found 15 files of child abuse material on his laptop.
They also found severed dog limbs in a freezer, a decomposing puppy in a pond on the property and a severed dog head on a neighboring property.
Documents say Britton used a shipping container on his property and frequented several locations off his property to perform the acts on the animals.
According to the documents, Britton used a Gumtree Australia application to gain custody of many of the 42 dogs, where he often “established a relationship” with owners who “reluctantly had to give their pets away due to travel or work commitments.” .
Britton operated two Telegram accounts under the names Monster and Cerberus.
He would film himself hurting helpless animals in the container he called his “torture room” – equipped with recording equipment – and use the Cerberus account to “upload and disseminate” the sick material online, the court heard. “Using these apps, the offender analyzed his ‘kill count,'” prosecutor Marty Aust said.
His account had 114 threads describing how he acquired the pets, how he abused them and how he disposed of their bodies.
The court also heard he sexually abused his own pet Swiss Shepherds, Ursa and Bolt, for almost a decade until he finally turned to Gumtree Australia to get more dogs to kill.
By setting up alerts on the site for when a new dog or puppy appeared for sale in the area, it would establish a “relationship” with unsuspecting owners to negotiate custody of their dogs, prosecutor Marty Aust said.
If pet owners reached out and asked Britton for updates on their former pets, he would make up a “false narrative” that they were healthy and send them old photos.
In one scenario, Britton sent a message to the owners of a large brown dog to assure them that the animal was “integrating well.”
“Wolfe was relaxed, eating well and enjoying her new home,” the message said.
But, unbeknownst to the previous owners, the dog had already been “sexually exploited, tortured and murdered,” Aust said.
In 2016, Britton uploaded this photo of one of her dogs, Bolt, as a puppy. The court heard how Britton sexually abused and tortured the dog.
The court heard Britton began abusing his dogs, Ursa and Bolt (pictured as an adult), in 2014.
Britton not only tortured and sexually abused his own pets Ursa and Bolt (pictured together), for whom he created an Instagram page, but also pet owners’ dogs whom he had lured into his trap through the platform. Gumtree Australia online marketplace.
Britton (pictured centre, with his wife Erin on the left) once hosted Sir David Attenborough (right). There is no indication that his wife or Sir David knew of his crime.
Britton went on to be charged with 37 counts of animal cruelty, 10 counts of rape or attempted rape of a dog and four counts of possession or transmission of child abuse material.
The video and descriptions of her abuse are so disturbing that MailOnline has decided not to publish it in its entirety.
After pleading guilty to all charges on Monday, Chief Justice Michael Grant warned the press gallery that the facts of the offense detailed “acts that could only be described as grotesque cruelty, which are both confronting and distressing.” “.
“Which, in my opinion, has the potential to cause nervous shock or some other adverse psychological reaction to a person exposed to those details,” he said.
Prosecutors told the court Britton has had a “sadistic sexual interest” in animals, particularly dogs, since at least 2014.
The married zoologist was indicted last year, but the courts suppressed his name to ensure media attention did not bias the jury against him.
The order was lifted after he pleaded guilty on Monday.
Britton’s wife, Erin, a gamekeeper who met Prince Harry and helped him catch a saltwater crocodile, was unaware of her husband’s disturbing fantasies and has since reportedly changed her last name.
There is no indication that Britton’s wife, whose name has been widely reported, or Sir David knew of his crime.
Britton, a leading zoologist who has worked with the BBC and National Geographic on productions, remained calm as he pleaded guilty to 47 counts of animal cruelty in the Northern Territory Supreme Court on Monday.
He also pleaded guilty to four counts of accessing and transmitting child abuse material, including forcing young children to engage in depraved acts.
Adam Britton, 51, began committing crimes in 2014 and tortured and sexually exploited more than 42 dogs until his arrest in April 2022.
His matter is scheduled to return to court on December 13 for sentencing.
Britton was born in Yorkshire and moved to Australia 20 years ago, and previously worked with the BBC and National Geographic.
Multiple reports say he hosted David Attenborough at his property while Mr. Attenborough’s crew was filming the documentary series Life In Cold Blood.
Britton studied at the University of Bristol and the University of Leeds and held a senior research associate position at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.