A man killed his ex-girlfriend's five goldfish by poisoning them with bleach in revenge after they split up, a court was told.
Prosecutors told Leicester Crown Court that the victim was "in shock and disbelief" when she found her goldfish were all dead, but the man’s fish, which had been in the same tank, was missing.
Julian Inchley, 25, broke into his former partner's home after taking a spare key and the court heard he also poured bleach into a pair of training shoes he'd bought for his ex partner and stole computer equipment.
Inchley, from Braunstone, was given an 18-month community order and told to do 120 hours of unpaid work for admitting burglary and two counts of criminal damage.
But the court heard that the victim, who has a 14-month-old daughter with Inchley, did not want a restraining order preventing him from contacting her and no order was made.
Two men have been jailed for life for murdering a mother and her children in Leicester, who died when their home was mistakenly set alight in a botched revenge attack.
Tristan Richards, who is 22, and Kemo Porter, who is 19, have been sentenced to life in prison with minimum terms of 35 years and 25 years respectively at Nottingham Crown Court.
The pair had intended to target a different house in Wood Hill, as they sought to avenge the fatal stabbing of a friend hours earlier.
The husband of Shehnila Taufiq and father of her three teenage children, who were all murdered in a house fire in Leicester, paid tributes to his family, saying they were "four amazing human beings."
"They were really extraordinary people," Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar said.
Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, all died when a fire engulfed their house in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year. Two men have been found guilty of murdering them in a botched revenge attack.
Six other defendants were found guilty of manslaughter, but cleared of four counts of murder.
Police officers investigating the murder of mother and three children in house fire in Leicester have praised the husband of the victim for his strength and "ongoing support."
"I would like to pay tribute to Dr Taufiq who has been central and a really important part of our investigation in terms of ongoing support," Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister, Leicestershire Police, said.
"Dr Taufiq has attended court throughout the trial and shown what I think is amazing strength at what has understandably been some very difficult times," he said.
Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, all died when a fire engulfed their house in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year
Two men have been found guilty of murdering a mother and her three children. Six other defendants were found guilty of manslaughter.Read the full story ›
There were tears in the public gallery as 17-year-old Cairo Parker's manslaughter verdict was read out as someone cried out, "He's only a baby!"
The judge Mr Justice John Griffith Williams lifted restrictions on naming Parker and said he would hear mitigation tomorrow afternoon before sentencing the defendants on Wednesday morning.
Kemo Porter, 19, and Tristan Richards, 22 were found guilty of murdering a mother and her three children in a botched revenge attack.
Six other defendants were found guilty of manslaughter, but cleared of four counts of murder. They are:
- Shaun Carter, 24
- Nathaniel Mullings, 19
- Jackson Powell, 20
- Aaron Webb, 20
- Akeem Jeffers, 21
- Cairo Parker, 17
Five men have been found guilty of manslaughter but cleared of murder in the Leicester house fire case.
It comes after 19 year old Kemo Porter and Tristan Richards who is 22 were been found guilty of murdering a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year.
Another man Shaun Carter was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.
Shaun Carter has been cleared of the murders of a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester but guilty of their manslaughter.
The jury has retired to further consider verdicts against the remaining five defendants after the judge told them he would now accept majority verdicts.
Two men have been found guilty of murdering a mother and her three children in a botched revenge attack.
The family died when a fire engulfed their house in Wood Hill, Leicester in September last year:
- Shehnila Taufiq, 47
- Zainab Taufiq, 19
- Bilal, 17
- Jamal, 15
Kemo Porter, 19, and Tristan Richards, 22, were found guilty of their murders at Nottingham Crown court.
A third man, Shaun Carter, 24, was found not guilty of four counts of murder but guilty of manslaughter.
Prosecutors said the fire was a botched revenge attack for the stabbing of Antoin Akpom, 20, but that the killers attacked the wrong house.