#TheList Jamie Blake of Thetford, Norfolk (currently at HMP Bedford) for microwaving a stray cat to death while high on crack cocaine.
Blake cooked the young male black cat for three minutes in his bedsit while he was in a drug-induced psychosis.
Blake had befriended the cat, which he nicknamed Buddy, by letting him into his room at night and feeding him cheese and tuna.
He claimed that he argued with Buddy because he had told him that his mother’s former partner, now dead, had been injecting her with heroin.
After killing the cat, he later laughed and joked about his death with fellow residents at the John Room House sheltered housing unit where he lived in Thetford, Norfolk.
Buddy’s body was later found discarded in a wheelie bin along with the defendant’s microwave.
Staff at the unit viewed CCTV footage which showed him picking the cat up by the scruff of his neck and taking him into his room.
The footage showed him later leaving his room with a carrier bag which appeared to have the cat in it and then disposing of the microwave the following day.
Cat hair and other ‘matter associated’ with the cat was found in the microwave.
A post mortem carried out on Buddy confirmed that he had been microwaved to death.
Sally Dale, mitigating for Blake, said her client had a personality disorder which had been exacerbated by the use of crack cocaine.
Sentence: 22 weeks in a young offenders’ institution, banned from keeping animals for life
In September 2015 Blake was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for his part in the systematic torture of a man over two days over a drug debt. At the time of writing (7/7/18) he remains in custody at HMP Bedford.