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YouTube chicken film worker jailed in Preston

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Ayub was arrested after the film was posted on YouTube

A supermarket worker who was thought to have licked a chicken before putting it back on a shelf has been jailed.

Adeel Ayub was believed to have carried out the act in a mobile phone clip, posted by a co-worker on the internet video website YouTube.

The 30-year-old, of Ribbleton, Preston was arrested and later admitted criminal damage - but licking the poultry was not among the five charges.

He has been jailed for 56 days by magistrates in the city.

The 30-year-old, who worked at Asda in Fulwood, Preston, pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal damage, between August 2005 and September 2008.

The chicken was not licked and the wrapping was damaged which would have rendered it unsaleable
Manny Anwar-Qureshi, solicitor

They relate to destroying a fire extinguisher, furniture, food stock and damaging clothing at the store.

Ayub, of Spinney Brow, Ribbleton, admitted stamping on the chicken - but denied that he had licked it.

Manny Anwar-Qureshi, his solicitor, said: "It was intended as a prank.

"There was no maliciousness intended and it should be noted that the public seems to be under the mistaken impression that Mr Ayub licked the chicken and then put it back for resale.

"The chicken was not licked and the wrapping was damaged which would have rendered it unsaleable."

Mr Anwar-Qureshi said both his family and members of the public who attended the hearing were surprised by the sentence.

"We are currently liaising with the family as to whether they intend to appeal," he added.



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