A cruel prankster has been banned from keeping animals after his friend filmed him swallowing a live goldfish in front of stunned McDonald's diners.
Robert Atkinson, 20, was videoed by pal Lewis Summers, 19, as he placed the fish in a glass of beer before downing it as part of the Neknominate craze.
The warped video shows the pair going into a Pets At Home store and buying the fish, as they boasted to a shop assistant about the dare they were going to perform.
Unemployed Atkinson can be heard joking about the cruel act, saying: "I’m going to call him Dmitri. I want a nice big one, we are going to eat it. I'll buy some chips with it."
The friends then go to a nearby McDonald's restaurant in Wakefield and put the creature in a glass of beer, while Atkinson says: "Thanks for the Neknomination, this is a goldfish in beer."
He adds: "That trick usually works better when I've got my rabbit."
He laughs after eating the fish, proclaiming: "I'm an animal".
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The pair were prosecuted by the RSPCA after the video was reported by a concerned member of the public who saw it on Facebook in February.
Appearing at Wakefield Magistrates Court on Wednesday, the pair were given a three-year ban on keeping animals as the judge branded the dare "simply sick humour".
Atkinson admitted the charge of inflicting unnecessary harm to a protected animal.
Summers, who works in an injury solicitors' office, admitted the aiding and abetting of cruelty despite initially telling cops the stunt was a visual trick and that they later released the fish into a nearby pond.
John Wilkinson, for Atkinson and Summers, both of Wakefield, told the court his clients had not known they were committing an offence when they made the movie.
Atkinson and Summers were ordered to serve 40 hours of unpaid work and pay a £723 fine each, alongside a victim surcharge of £60.
The Neknominate craze - which requires the participant to film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage in one gulp and upload the footage to the web before nominating two others to do the same - became popular earlier this year.