Animal Ban for Student Who Fried Flatmate's Hamster

By: BBC News Email
By: BBC News Email

(BBC News) - A university student who fried a hamster has been banned from keeping animals for eight years.

James White, who studies in York, fried his flatmate's pet while he was drunk, Selby Magistrates' Court heard.

Experts could not establish whether the creature had died before or after it was put into the hot pan, the court was told.

White, 21, of Popes Head Court, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the animal.

He was also sentenced to 120 hours of community services and ordered to pay £1,000 court costs.

White told police at the time of his arrest that he could not remember what had happened to the hamster.

He was due to go on trial but changed his plea to guilty after district judge Roy Anderson indicated White would be convicted of the offence even if the animal was dead before it was cooked.

The judge told White he was sentencing him on the basis the rodent died minutes before it was fried, when the defendant was handling it.

He said: "What happened on that night is still shrouded in mystery.

"By virtue of your treatment of this small, unfortunate rodent you've destroyed your good character and acquired a criminal conviction.

"It's accepted now that there was rough handling of that animal but that it couldn't be established that it was putting it in the frying pan and applying heat that caused its death.

"Had that sadistic conduct been established I would be dealing with you in a far more serious way than I am."


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