James White, who fried his roommate’s hamster, has been ordered to perform 120 hours of unpaid community service, according to The Daily Mail. White admitted he caused unnecessary suffering to the hamster after the court accepted it could not determine if the hamster was still alive when it was fried in the pan.
White was told by District Judge Roy Anderson that he was sentenced based on the idea that the hamster died when the defendant was handling it. The Selby Magistrates Court was told the hamster was found in a pan in the student community room at Popehead Court, York.
Prosecutor Phil Brown said that White was found ‘significantly in drink, collapsed on the floor’ and refused treatment by paramedics.
Brown said: ‘There was a significant and pungent smell coming from the kitchen. He found the hob on full, a frying pan was next to the hob with the hamster in.’
White responded with the following when asked what happened to the hamster: ‘I f****** fried it, I fried it.’
The defense attorney, Kevin Blount, said, ‘There was no deliberate attempt to kill the animal.’
White has also been banned from having any animal for the next eight years. In the sentencing, Judge Anderson said, ‘I have no doubt that in the normal course of your life you are a hard working young man trying to get yourself a degree and make a career for yourself. You consumed far too much alcohol than was good for you. I hope from that you have calmed your drinking habits and will not get involved in that sort of binge as you did that night. You have destroyed your good character and got a criminal conviction. It was rough handling of that animal by you but it cannot be established if putting it into the pan in appalling heat that killed it.’