Inmate who took part in prison protest after death of hamster avoids being sent back to jail
A distressed inmate who was mourning the loss of his pet hamster when he took part in a jail protest has avoided being sent back to prison.
Kyle Blackie (23) was one of four prisoners at HMP Stocken in Rutland who climbed on to netting with a mattress, food and Monopoly board on April 14 last year at around 6pm.
The group smashed furniture and light fittings, and that Blackie surrendered two hours after the protest began.
The protest caused £12,000 of damage.
Prosecutor Gordon Aspden said Blackie claimed the "distress" at the death of his pet was one reason he gave for taking part... read more