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Hamster microwaving sentence adjourned

The sentencing of a 16-year-old Northamptonshire boy who admitted cooking a hamster in a microwave has been adjourned.

The teenager, from Corby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

He was due to be sentenced at Kettering Youth Court, but magistrates adjourned the case for five weeks.

A second psychiatric report is to be prepared. The boy was released on bail.

He will be sentenced at the same court on 12 March.

The RSPCA said the white Golden hamster was taken to a vet in March last year with severe burning to its right hind leg and possible organ damage.

The decision was taken to put the hamster to sleep.

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