Seaham pair plead guilty to cruel abuse and death of stolen pet rabbit

Drunken friends who got naked in a bath with a stolen pet rabbit, tried to shave her then threw her out of a window before wringing her neck

Frank Hudson, 19 and Martin Bell, 20, leave Peterlee magistrates court with a family member after sentencing

Frank Hudson, 19 and Martin Bell, 20, leave Peterlee magistrates court with a family member after sentencing

Drunken friends got naked in a bath with a stolen pet rabbit, tried to shave her then threw her out of a window before wringing her neck.

Percy, a much-loved white lion-headed rabbit had recently given birth to five babies when she was taken from her hutch, carried to a party in Seaham, County Durham, and then cruelly abused by Martin Bell, 20, Frank Hudson, 19 and two 17-year-olds who cannot be identified.

The baby rabbits died despite the efforts of their owners to rear them by hand because they could not survive without their mother.

Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard how Bell and Hudson admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the pet.

Both men were given 18-month community orders, with 18 months of supervision, and 200 hours of unpaid work each.

They were both banned from keeping animals for five years, ordered to pay £85 costs each and £50 each in compensation.

Chairman of the Bench William Brown said: “What we have had described to us is quite a horrendous event.”

Newcastle Chronicle

The EDL Criminal here is Martin Bell who is a member of the Seaham EDL group.

MB

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