The Canberra Times has the happy news Magistrate Colonel Doctor Boss (she really is all of those) has banned Mahmoud Ammouche from owning pets after he tried to strangle Freddy the kitten.
Magistrate Boss also shows an unnerving imagination:
The man’s lawyer pointed to his client’s youth, remorse and lack of a criminal history as mitigating factors, and asked for a non-conviction order.
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But Dr Boss described the suggestion as “inconceivable”.
“Other than killing the animal how much more serious could it be,” she asked.
“I suppose prolonged torture.”
The magistrate made an order banning Ammouche from keeping a pet until a court rules otherwise.
UPDATE 27/09/12 17:15: The RSPCA have provided pictures of Freddy: