A man who stabbed a pet labrador to death in a Perth park was chased by angry protesters screaming 'murderer' outside court on Thursday after he escaped an immediate jail sentence.
The man's boots were strewn across the ground next to his gopher.
Throughout proceedings, protesters in the public gallery scoffed and heckled Rowan, calling him a 'maggot' and 'murderer'.
Chief Magistrate Steven Heath accepted that Rowan was an animal lover, but said he over-reacted and this act of animal cruelty required more than a fine.'It was an instantaneous reaction by you with one blow without an intent to cause serious harm,' Mr Heath said.
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