Man let off easy for murder of girlfriend’s hamster

The happy couple: Ryan Goodwin and Sarah Symons

All is fair in love and war but not for Kaya, a hamster that ended up the victim during a lover’s quarrel.

According to the Guardian, Ryan Goodwin of Plymouth, England admitted to animal cruelty after he hurled the cage of Kaya, his girlfriend’s fluffy friend, out the window of his first-floor apartment, killing the hamster upon impact.

His girlfriend, Sarah Symons, was reportedly on the phone with police as the incident happened, emitting screams of horror.

The prosecutor told the court that Goodwin was dangling Kaya, which he had previously threatened to feed to a friend’s snake, out of the window in her cage.

Then he said, “here, catch this,” counted to three and dropped the cage.

Goodwin was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for one year. By his court date, he had already reconciled with Symons and was living with her again. Goodwin was also banned from owning animals for the next seven years, which means the couple will have to get ride of their dog, Tyson. No word on how the couple plans to do that…

“I am remorseful. It was in the heat of the moment. We are all in relationships and we do crazy things for love. And I do love her very much,” said Goodwin. “It was a moment of madness.”

A moment of madness indeed. Honestly, who throws a hamster?


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