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A drunk university student who fried a hamster has been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.
James White, 21, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the female Syrian hamster after a court accepted it could not be established whether the animal was alive when it went into the pan.
A judge told he York University student he was sentencing him on the basis the rodent died minutes before, when the defendant was handling it.
White had drunk so much in his flat in York he was ‘on the point of madness’ and could not remember what happened, Selby magistrates’ court was told.