Feb 25 2015
Three Muslims admit kicking tropical fish to death in break-ins at a north London retirement home.
London Evening Standard (h/t Tommy F) Three Muslim men have been convicted of killing 15 tropical fish by kicking them and pouring bleach into their tank. Brothers Omar Khan, 20, and Suliman Khan, 18, and their cousin Yousuf Khan, 18, admitted killing the exotic fish collection during a series of break-ins at retirement home Ada Court in Maida Vale.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard they first sneaked into the home on January 25, pulling three fish out of the water and kicking them to death on the floor.
Returning again at 1.30am on January 31, they teased the remaining fish by yanking them out of their tank, before pouring in bleach and killing them all. Ben Edwards, prosecuting, said: “You could see the fish trying to escape by jumping out of the tank, but the defendants put them back in.”
They escaped unnoticed several times but their cruel attacks were caught on CCTV. They were finally arrested after being stopped by security staff as they tried to enter the building again at 2am on February 11.
The men claimed they had visited Ada Court in Maida Vale, west London, to “hang out”, the court heard. The trio, who all live in Braemar House, Maida Vale, pleaded guilty to illegally killing fish in water on private property.
Chairman of the Bench Stevie Dee said: “It was stupidity that two of you went back four times and one of you went back twice. “You went to a place where elderly and vulnerable people lived. “On two occasions they found the fish they got pleasure from dead in front of them – what a shock that must have been.
“We find your actions to be cruel and mean.” Both Suliman and Yousuf Kahn also pleaded guilty to criminal damage, after breaking a door in the home during a separate break-in on February 3.
All three men were ordered to pay £133 each in compensation, with Suliman and Yousuf Khan paying a total of £298 including victim surcharge, costs and payment for the damaged door.
Omar Khan, however, had a previous conviction for robbery and was fined £100 for his two attacks, paying £303 in total including victim surcharge, costs and compensation.