Student James White Sentenced To 120 Hours Community Service For Frying A Hamster

Drunk Student Who Fried Hamster Sentenced To Community Service

A British student was given a sentence of 120 hours community service after he admitted to frying his flatmate’s hamster while drunk to “the point of madness.”

James White, 21, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the female hamster in January last year, although a court could not determine if the animal was alive or not when it was put into the pan.

District Judge Roy Anderson said he was sentencing White on the basis that the rodent died minutes before. Two veterinary pathologists gave their opinion in court on how the Syrian hamster died.

Selby Magistrates’ Court heard White was drunk at the time of the incident to the “point of madness” and could not remember what happened.

District Judge Anderson said it was clear the hamster did not die of natural causes and that “what happened on that night is still shrouded in mystery.”

Prosecutor Phil Brown, told the court that police were called to the apartment block where James and his flatmate lived on January 2. Upon entering, the officers found White to be extremely drunk. They reported smelling a “strong and pungent smell” and seeing a “frying pan next to the hob with a hamster in it.”

According to Brown, White told one of the police officer: “What, I f ****** fried it? I fried it.”

Student James White Sentenced To 120 Hours Community Service For Frying A Hamster
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