Sentencing Oram to 18 weeks in prison, Chairman of the Magistrates Mr Russell Watson said that Tyson had suffered in the minutes before his death.Further details emerged about just why he decided to do it, too:
Callous Robert Oram, 25, drowned his pet after the Staffordshire bull terrier turned and attacked him instead of chasing the gang who were burgling his flat in Corby.
Tyson initially barked and chased the thieves into the street but then became confused and rounded on his master, biting his foot.
Oram admitted he didn’t sustain any serious injuries when the dog bit his trainer but decided he had to 'get rid' of the animal, especially because his girlfriend was expecting a baby.Looking at his criminal record, the magistrates were clearly unwilling to give him the benefit of the doubt, which makes a nice change:
'This was an intentional act and we must also take into account your numerous previous convictions.
'Our starting point is 26 weeks but you did make an early guilty plea so you are entitled to have that lowered to 18 weeks of immediate custody.'Incidentally, his defence may have given us the answer to WoaR’s earlier question as to why the girlfriend is facing charges:
John Whiston, mitigating, said: 'In Mr Oram’s view the dog no longer did what it was trained to do, to protect his master and property, so he says he and his partner decided to drown it.'Whoops!
The RSPCA weren’t happy – they wanted a longer sentence and a life-ban:
Speaking outside court, Inspector Davies said: 'When lenient sentences like this are handed out it sometimes sends the wrong messages.'
'When I see his girlfriend laughing and joking in the foyer of the court with her mate, bragging that he will be out in nine weeks that just shows the message isn’t getting through.'Well, actually, his numerous previous convictions show no messages are getting through.