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Jilted boyfriend kills ex’s fish by pouring fabric conditioner in tank

Fish killer Benjamin Avill and tanks of fish
Fish killer  Benjamin Avill (36) grabbed a close-by bottle of Comfort fabric conditioner and emptied it into the big tank (Picture:BNPS)

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 .

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Pic: BNPS Fish killer - Benjamin Avill (36) A man who killed his girlfriend's tropical fish by pouring fabric conditioner into their tank in retaliation at being dumped has been spared jail. Benjamin Avill went into a 'fit of rage' when Jenny Daniels told him their 12 year relationship was over. He grabbed a nearby bottle of Comfort fabric conditioner and emptied it into the large tank that contained 50 fish. Avill, 36, was said to have laughed as the fish were poisoned.
Avill laughed because the fish have been poisoned (Picture: BNPS)

He was handed a 14 week jail time period, suspended for 12 months, banned from proudly owning for 10 years, and ordered to pay prices of £400.

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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.’

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Pic: BNPS The tank after the attack with Lenor conditioner. A man who killed his girlfriend's tropical fish by pouring fabric conditioner into their tank in retaliation at being dumped has been spared jail. Benjamin Avill went into a 'fit of rage' when Jenny Daniels told him their 12 year relationship was over. He grabbed a nearby bottle of Comfort fabric conditioner and emptied it into the large tank that contained 50 fish. Avill, 36, was said to have laughed as the fish were poisoned.
Blue lagoon (Picture: BNPS)

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.

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Pic: BNPS Sole survivor - 'Bob' the Bristle nosed plecko. A man who killed his girlfriend's tropical fish by pouring fabric conditioner into their tank in retaliation at being dumped has been spared jail. Benjamin Avill went into a 'fit of rage' when Jenny Daniels told him their 12 year relationship was over. He grabbed a nearby bottle of Comfort fabric conditioner and emptied it into the large tank that contained 50 fish. Avill, 36, was said to have laughed as the fish were poisoned.
The sole survivor (Picture: BNPS)

‘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.

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‘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.’

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