BLACKPOOL – Harry the hamster found himself released by jealous Andrew Walsh, 30, after his girlfriend admitted she loved Harry more than him. Walsh broke into the flat to take out his revenge by giving Harry “his freedom” the magistrates heard.
Harry was later found unharmed under the TV unit in the flat however Mr. Walsh had also decided to steal the TV from Julie Hanson’s flat instead, just in case release the hamster was not enough to drive the point home that he was upset with her. Mr. Walsh broke in when Ms. Hanson was with her mum playing bingo, she discovered the burglary when she returned home the following day.
Tracey Yates, prosecuting said ;
“Walsh had repeatedly asked Julie Hanson to re-kindle their relationship. When he saw her at bingo she told him she was to stay at her mum’s that night. The next day she found her front door broken in and the door to her hamster’s cage was open. The hamster was missing and it is the Crown‘s case that Walsh was very much aware that she loved the hamster and had a strong emotional tie to the animal which Walsh did not like. She was very upset. When Walsh was arrested he told police he had opened the cage door to give Harry his freedom”
Robert Castle, defending said ;
“I am delighted to say the hamster has now been found. He was hiding under a rug and is safe and well.”
Walsh admitted to burglary and was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work, pay £85 costs and £60 victim’s surcharge.
– Mark Dalton