Man sentenced over drinking fish

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A 33-year-old binman who drank four fish in a cocktail of alcohol has walked free from court after being charged with animal cruelty.

Paul Wooding, of Brampton Avenue, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, was yesterday sentenced at Hereford Magistrates’ Court, over two offences linked to the online Neknominate craze, in an incident in a pub which happened in February.

Wooding was handed an 18-month conditional discharge, concurrent, for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, and also for failing to protect the fish, after being prosecuted by the RSPCA.

He admitted both charges in court earlier this month. In the video, Wooding announces “this is my Neknominate” before downing a pint glass of wine, gin, vodka, rum and lemonade – together with the fish.

Rafe Turner, prosecuting, said it was a professional vet’s opinion “the fish have been caused pain, based on the video evidence”.

Mr Turner said Wooding told the RSPCA the fish were “little minnows” and he had got them out of his friend’s fish tank an hour before carrying out the act. Wooding said he had drunk about eight pints and six double gins, before downing the cocktail.

Wooding was also ordered to pay £500 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.