#TheList career criminal Byron David Toyne, born c. 1985, of Keddington Road, Louth LN11 0AA – attacked a hamster during a violent domestic incident
Byron Toyne, whose previous convictions include harassment and assault, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the hamster, known as Nibbles, by throwing and shaking him. Toyne claimed he was unaware the hamster was in the cage.
We understand that Nibbles’ owner only took him to the vet four days after the incident where he was diagnosed with a broken back and put to sleep. She was not prosecuted for her failure to seek prompt treatment for the stricken pet.
Toyne also admitted committing criminal damage to a bicycle wheel, art box, leaning board and canvas picture belonging to a Louth woman on the same day.
Sentencing: community order which includes 170 hours of unpaid work. Total costs and charges of £175. He was not banned from owning animals.