Parrot killer is caged

Deano, the African grey parrot, killed by Steve Froggatt, from Preston. It belonged to his ex Pauline Woodfine, 56, of St Christopher's Road in Deepdale, Preston
Deano, the African grey parrot, killed by Steve Froggatt, from Preston. It belonged to his ex Pauline Woodfine, 56, of St Christopher's Road in Deepdale, Preston
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A spurned lover who tore the head off his girlfriend’s pet parrot has been jailed for eight weeks.

Steve Froggatt, 58, of Tag Croft, Ingol, was blasted for his “disgraceful” behaviour, having admitted targetting the woman’s house in St Christopher’s Road, Deepdale, after the pair separated.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard that on September 5, while the woman was out, he threw eggs at her home and then using a key he had to collect his possessions, let himself into the house where he “necked” the bird called Deano.

The woman returned to find Deano’s feathers all over her house, and her dog “terrified”. She never found Deano’s body after Froggatt dumped it in undergrowth in Ingol.

When the woman sent a text message to Froggatt asking why he’d killed the bird, he replied: “Because you killed me”.

Froggatt’s defence solictor Mr Rimmer argued that his client’s mental health had been affected by his unhappy working life, that he had started therapy, and “appears to have grasped the situation he finds himself in.”

But Magistrate Mr Hollingsworth was unimpressed with the mitigation.

He said: “Anybody listening to the description of facts would be horrified.

“I find your conduct overall utterly reprehensible and it crosses the custody threshold.

“It was a planned activity and you intended to cause serious harm. The way you killed the bird is unacceptable in society.”

He sentenced Frogatt to eight weeks in prison for criminal damage relating to the parrot and four weeks in prison relating to damaged brickwork, to run concurrently.

He must also pay a surcharge of £80.