'Distraught' wife of British crocodile expert who raped and tortured dogs 'leaves UK for Australia' after he pleads guilty

28 September 2023, 19:02

Adam Britton, 51, tortured and sexually exploited more than 42 dogs until his arrest in April 2022
Adam Britton, 51, tortured and sexually exploited more than 42 dogs until his arrest in April 2022. Picture: social media/supplied
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

The wife of a British crocodile expert who was found guilty of raping and torturing dogs and puppies at an animal shelter has fled the UK for Australia.

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Adam Britton, 51, began offending in 2014, indulging his ‘sadistic sexual interest’ in animals.

Almost all of the dogs he tortured would die, posting videos of the depraved attacks online.

Britton, who worked on BBC and National Geographic productions, will be sentenced at a later date after admitting 60 charges of animal cruelty and child abuse offences.

Erin, his wife, has now dropped her husband's surname, MailOnline reports, as she tries to move on from her husband's sick private life.

A tradesman who worked on the couple's property told the publication: "Will she be back? That's very doubtful.

"She's ended the marriage and gone, although given the shocking behaviour of her husband she will be living in fear of being recognised wherever she ends up living."

Britton is a world-renowned croc expert. He will be sentenced in December
Britton is a world-renowned croc expert. He will be sentenced in December. Picture: Facebook

The married zoologist sexually abused his own pets, Ursa and Bolt, for nearly a decade before taking to Gumtree Australia to find more dogs to torture and kill at his rural estate at McMinns Lagoon on the northern tip of Australia.

He tortured and sexually exploited more than 42 dogs until his arrest in April 2022. 39 of the dogs died.

Britton filmed himself torturing the animals in his self-styled ‘torture room’ - a shipping container fitted with recording equipment.

At the Supreme Court of Australia’s Northern Territory on Monday, Chief Justice Michael Grant described his crimes as so ‘grotesque’ that public and even security staff were told to leave the courtroom before prosecutors outlined the facts.

Many of the details are too gruesome to be published.

His pets Ursa and Bolt which he abused had their own Instagram page, set up by Britton.

He abused two of his own pets for nearly a decade before getting his hands on others
He abused two of his own pets for nearly a decade before getting his hands on others. Picture: Facebook

He also took in dogs from pet owners that he acquired from Gumtree - often people giving them away due to work or travel commitments.

In one instance, he sent pictures of a large brown dog to the owners, saying it was ‘settling in well,’ when in reality the dog had already been “sexually exploited, tortured and killed,” prosecutors said.

Britton, who grew up in West Yorkshire in the UK before moving to Australia 20 years ago, would share videos and images of himself sexually exploiting the dogs on online forums under pseudonyms.

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His pet dog Bolt, who he abused as a puppy
His pet dog Bolt, who he abused as a puppy. Picture: Facebook

He used Telegram to engage with ‘like-minded people’ and sent images and recordings of the abuse, even discussing his ‘kill count’.

One of his videos was passed to police , who arrested him in April 2022.

He will be sentenced in December.

There is no suggestion his wife Erin knew anything about her husband’s crimes. She appears to have dropped his surname.

She is reportedly expected to be on expeditions for the nest six months and traces of her husband and former business partner have been removed from her online bio.

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