Student tells court he couldn't remember frying hamster
A student who fried a hamster has been ordered to do 120 hours of community work.
James White (21) admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the female hamster after a court accepted it could not be established whether the animal was alive when it went into the pan.
Judge Roy Anderson told White, pictured, he was sentencing him on the basis the rodent died minutes before, when the defendant was handling it.
Selby Magistrates' Court heard White, of York, England, had drunk so much in his flat he was "on the point of madness" and could not remember what happened.
White, who is studying politics and international relations at York University, was banned from keeping animals for eight years and ordered to pay £1,000 (€1,157) towards the costs of the case.
Police were called to White's flat on February 2 where an officer found him extremely drunk.
When officers went into the flat there was a "strong and pungent smell" and a "frying pan next to the hob with a hamster in it".
Kevin Blount, defending, told the court there was "no deliberate intent".
Mr Blount said: "It was drunken foolishness that had tragic consequences for the hamster."