By Euro Weekly News Media • 19 August 2014 • 12:57
Drink like a fish, not drink fish.
A 33-YEAR-OLD Herefordshire man who drank four fish in a cocktail of alcohol has walked free from court after being charged with animal cruelty.
Paul Wooding, from Ross-on-Wye, was given an 18-month conditional discharge, for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, and for failing to protect the fish, after being prosecuted by the RSPCA.
In the video he posted on his Facebook page, Wooding announced “this is my Neknominate” before downing a pint glass of wine, gin, vodka, rum and lemonade – together with the fish.
The Neknominate phenomenon is understood to have originated in Australia.
Wooding’s case is the fifth to come to court in connection with the craze.
Wooding said he had drunk about eight pints and six double gins before downing the cocktail at the Golf Inn in Ross-on-Wye.
His defence lawyer questioned why the prosecution had ever made it to court when other similar matters had entailed cautions being issued.
Wooding, he said, had no idea his drinking the fish was against the law.
He was ordered to pay £500 (623 euros) costs and a £15 (18 euros) victim surcharge.
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