York student fried hamster whilst drunk

The Northern Echo: AT COURT: James White AT COURT: James White

A STUDENT who fried a hamster whilst drunk, has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid community work by a district judge.

James White, 21, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the female hamster after drinking so much in his flat in York he was “on the point of madness”.

Selby Magistrates’ Court heard today (Thursday, March 7) that the York University student, who is studying politics and international relations, placed the animal into a hot frying pan.

Police were called to the block of flats on Popes Head Court on February 2. Prosecutor Phil Brown told the court that when police went into the flat there was a strong and pungent smell and a frying pan next to the hob with a hamster in it. White then told the officer: “What if I f***ing fried it? I fried it.”

Kevin Blount, defending, told the court there was no deliberate intent. He said: “It was drunken foolishness that had tragic consequences for the hamster.”

the court could not establish whether the animal was alive when it went into the pan.

Two forensic veterinary pathologists attended the court to give their opinion on how the hamster met its death.

But the judge indicated in preliminary discussions that White would be guilty of the offence even if the animal was dead before it was cooked.

White pleaded guilty on the basis that his rough handling of the animal killed it before he put it in the pan.

District Judge Roy Anderson, who stressed he was sentencing White on this basis, said: “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.”

In addition to 120 hours of unpaid work, White was also banned from keeping animals for eight years and ordered to pay £1,000 towards the costs of the case.

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6:02pm Thu 7 Mar 13

chapmansheader says...

He should have been made to eat his culinary efforts.
He should have been made to eat his culinary efforts. chapmansheader

7:33pm Thu 7 Mar 13

Andie68 says...

And this person is a University student? Good grief, shame on him. In my opinion his punishment wasn't strong enough.
And this person is a University student? Good grief, shame on him. In my opinion his punishment wasn't strong enough. Andie68

8:58pm Thu 7 Mar 13

Neil Robinson says...

Will the Clown Prosecution Service disclose how much tax payers money they squandered by bringing this case to court ? no of course they won't.
Will the Clown Prosecution Service disclose how much tax payers money they squandered by bringing this case to court ? no of course they won't. Neil Robinson

9:57pm Thu 7 Mar 13

outragedofmiltonkeynes says...

Two forensic veterinary pathologists? What a complete waste of time and money. If he had caught a wild rat and fried it would he have been in court?
Two forensic veterinary pathologists? What a complete waste of time and money. If he had caught a wild rat and fried it would he have been in court? outragedofmiltonkeynes

11:47pm Thu 7 Mar 13

IanfromCrook says...

Animal Abuse Indicates High Risk Of Psychopathic Disorder...........e
xaminer
glad he was convicted hope he gets help....its needed.
Animal Abuse Indicates High Risk Of Psychopathic Disorder...........e xaminer glad he was convicted hope he gets help....its needed. IanfromCrook

12:13am Fri 8 Mar 13

Davembk says...

Neil Robinson,

You obviously think this crime is trivial. I'm so glad you don't work at the CPS, god help us all if you did.

This tiny animal, to you,insignificant maybe, but nevertheless, a tiny animal that felt pain, terror, and betrayal, all because some horrible little sh*t decided to have some loathsome sadistic fun.
How the hell can you think it's a waste of time to make him accountable? Let him carry on? Let him baby sit your kid one day?

If only we could sift these sick ghouls out at birth.......
Neil Robinson, You obviously think this crime is trivial. I'm so glad you don't work at the CPS, god help us all if you did. This tiny animal, to you,insignificant maybe, but nevertheless, a tiny animal that felt pain, terror, and betrayal, all because some horrible little sh*t decided to have some loathsome sadistic fun. How the hell can you think it's a waste of time to make him accountable? Let him carry on? Let him baby sit your kid one day? If only we could sift these sick ghouls out at birth....... Davembk

12:54am Fri 8 Mar 13

Neil Robinson says...

Davembk
Only failed and second rate layers work for the CPS, no decent law firm would allow them through their doors, they thrive on cases like this after all it keeps them in a job, imagine years ago when proper police officers decided if someone was charged this would have been laughed out of the police station.
Davembk Only failed and second rate layers work for the CPS, no decent law firm would allow them through their doors, they thrive on cases like this after all it keeps them in a job, imagine years ago when proper police officers decided if someone was charged this would have been laughed out of the police station. Neil Robinson

9:30am Fri 8 Mar 13

Davy Crocket says...

I believe that man has no emotional sesitivity when he causes harm to others and therefore needs to be sectioned for public protection.
I believe that man has no emotional sesitivity when he causes harm to others and therefore needs to be sectioned for public protection. Davy Crocket

10:41am Fri 8 Mar 13

IanfromCrook says...

Neil Robinson wrote:
Davembk
Only failed and second rate layers work for the CPS, no decent law firm would allow them through their doors, they thrive on cases like this after all it keeps them in a job, imagine years ago when proper police officers decided if someone was charged this would have been laughed out of the police station.
they would have given him an immediate punishment and marked his card as the local sicko and if anything happened in his area they would be knocking on his door. He would be locally accountable as in those days people in the most part stayed in the community. So there was not the need to officially mark his card. Nowadays it is necessary if he goes on to hurt people and you read in the newspapers that he had done this as a teen people would quite rightly say why was he not watched more closely why was he not prevented. Kids / teens that do this rarely grow up to be balanced individuals without some kind of help.
[quote][p][bold]Neil Robinson[/bold] wrote: Davembk Only failed and second rate layers work for the CPS, no decent law firm would allow them through their doors, they thrive on cases like this after all it keeps them in a job, imagine years ago when proper police officers decided if someone was charged this would have been laughed out of the police station.[/p][/quote]they would have given him an immediate punishment and marked his card as the local sicko and if anything happened in his area they would be knocking on his door. He would be locally accountable as in those days people in the most part stayed in the community. So there was not the need to officially mark his card. Nowadays it is necessary if he goes on to hurt people and you read in the newspapers that he had done this as a teen people would quite rightly say why was he not watched more closely why was he not prevented. Kids / teens that do this rarely grow up to be balanced individuals without some kind of help. IanfromCrook

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