Published: 01/11/2017 14:54 - Updated: 02/11/2017 09:23

Gecko killers jailed for nine months

cTWO young men who killed pet geckos during a house party - by putting one of them in a food blender - have been jailed for nine months.

Daniel Innes (20) and Jordan McIssac (18) were put behind bars at Banff Sheriff Court (right) on Tuesday.

The pair killed the geckos at a house party in Aberchirder in March 2016 and filmed the incident on a mobile phone.

Sheriff Philip Mann had previously described the act as "chillingly evil".

He had initially remanded sentencing for the pair to show remorse and offer to help out at animal charities.

However, none were willing to take them and last month they were remanded in custody after the sheriff called for background reports.

Innes, from Inverurie and McIssac, of Banff, were also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, “We were delighted to hear that McIssac and Innes received a custodial sentence. Their behaviour is unforgivable and thanks to the success of this case they will be unable to bring future harm to animals.”

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