A crazed ex-boyfriend who laughed as he poisoned 50 of his ex girlfriend’s tropical fish has been spared jail.
Benjamin Avill, 36, flew right into a ‘fit of rage’ after his companion of 12 years Jenny Daniels advised him it was over.
The angered carpenter from Bournemouth, Dorset, grabbed a bottle of Comfort fabric conditioner and emptied it into the big tank killing all however certainly one of her fish.
Survivor Bob, a bristlenose pleco fish now lives with Miss Daniels in a a lot smaller tank.
Avil pleaded responsible to inflicting pointless struggling to a protected animal at Poole Magistrates’ Court after a prosecution was introduced towards him for animal cruelty by the RSPCA.
He was handed a 14 week jail time period, suspended for 12 months, banned from proudly owning animals for 10 years, and ordered to pay prices of £400.
He can even must undertake 200 hours unpaid work and attend 20 days of rehabilitation exercise.
Matthew Knight, prosecuting, mentioned: ‘In the eyes of most of the people, if he had accomplished this to 49 canine the outcry can be important.
‘However, the act doesn’t differentiate between protected animals.
‘The RSPCA would suggest this is a case for disqualification (of owning animals) given that the attack was unprovoked.’
He added the fish would have suffered drastically as they have been poisoned.
He mentioned: ‘The fish have been collectively owned by the defendant and Ms Daniels. They have been arguing and in a match of rage he poured a 3 litre bottle into the tank.
‘An expert has since said they would have died an acute and unnecessary death. Fish can and do suffer and the defendant has shown very little remorse for his actions which caused the death of a lot of fish.’
The incident on May eight was the fruits of ‘several years of tough times’ in the couple’s relationship.
Leah Dillon, defending, mentioned: ‘The relationship between Miss Daniels and the defendant was unstable. This incident was the fruits of a number of years of powerful occasions.
‘He describes himself as like a bottle of champagne which his companion was shaking and ready for the cork to pop.
‘He says it was completely out of character for him and he has shown genuine remorse.’
Afterwards a spokesperson for the RSPCA mentioned: ‘It’s surprising that these fish have been killed in such a approach.
‘They would have suffered needlessly as a result of fabric conditioner poured into their tank.
‘There is never an excuse for such heartless and unpleasant behaviour, or for showing such a lack of empathy towards any animal by behaving in this way.’