A THIEF who woke up to discover that he had stolen a rabbit and a guinea pig and that they were running around his room sold them on Facebook for £10.
Appearing before Truro magistrates last month Merlin Quinnan, aged 21, of Fore Street, Redruth, admitted the theft, stealing a mountain bike and four offences of criminal damage, to cars and a motorcycle. He asked for three other offences to be taken into account and also breaching a conditional discharge.
On Thursday at the same court he was ordered to pay compensation to his victims.
Alison May, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the owner of the guinea pig and the rabbit tried to get her pets back after they were taken from a hutch in her Redruth garden between August 28 and September 1, this year.
She said: “The victim put the message out on Facebook and as a result of that she was contacted by a witness who has similarly responded to an advert and paid £10 for it.”
The police were called and the animals were returned home.
Jon Beddow, from the probation service, said: “His lifestyle at best can be described as chaotic, at worst as a disaster ... He remembers waking up with rabbits in his room running around it.
“He thought they must have been stolen. There’s no recollection [of the theft].”
Paul Gallagher, defending Quinnan, said he started smoking cannabis at 15 and taking heroin at 20 and that he knew he had to sort himself out and was hoping to move in with his pregnant girlfriend soon.
Magistrates sentenced Quinnan to a 12 month community order with an alcoholic treatment requirement for six months.
He was also ordered to pay £210 compensation in total for the various offences – including £10 to the owner of the rabbit.