Drunk dad killed son’s pet rabbit and threw severed head at ex-girlfriend

A dad killed his son's pet rabbit and threw the severed head at his ex-girlfriend after sneaking into her home.

Billy Rutter crept into the woman's Birkenhead home as she slept upstairs with their two young children, Liverpool Echo reports.

The 33-year-old then killed his children's beloved pet before going upstairs to tell his ex but threw its head at her when she didn't believe him.

The terrified mum desperately tried to get help from neighbours and when she returned discovered he was trying to cook the body of their family pet in the oven because he "didn't want to waste it".

The woman collected her children and fled from the home when she couldn't get help from a neighbour and called police from a payphone near McDonald's on Grange Road.

Ms Smith said when officers arrived and the children were put in a police car the woman's young son repeatedly said "I miss my bunny".

An officer, who had worked for the force for over 12 years, said upon entering the home it was "one of the most distressing sights he had ever seen".

Rutter told officers "rabbits and chicks get slaughtered every day" and said: "Bubble and squeak, have you ever tried rabbit? It's lovely".

Ms Smith said: "There is evidence the rabbit had been nailed above the kitchen door."

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In an interview, Rutter said he had been drinking at his brother's home and when he went to the woman's house had "stepped on the rabbit by mistake and saw it fitting in distress and wanted to put it out of its misery".

Ms Smith said the woman hadn't made a statement because she "didn't want to relive the events".

Rutter has 18 previous convictions for 36 offences including assault with intent to rob, criminal damage, having a bladed article and failing to comply with a court order.

Paul Davison, defending, said Rutter had been diagnosed with PTSD and dissocial personality disorder.

In a psychiatric report Doctor Appleyard said Rutter's dissocial personality disorder "impacted on his behaviour at the time".

Mr Davison said: "If you suffer from dissocial personality disorder you are unconcerned with the feelings of others."

He said: "He doesn't have the same social or behavioural norms as you or I."

Mr Davison said: "He thinks that it is not so abnormal. He thinks if it's dead, it's food, it's normal to eat it."

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He explained Rutter had said: "I am sorry for what I have done and I'm sorry that is what's happened and how they feel but I didn't realise that is how they would feel".

Mr Davison said: "As strange as that sounds to you or I and perhaps everyone else in this court, that is how he perceives it."

He said while in HMP Altcourse Rutter started working in the workshop and wants to get help for his mental health condition.

Rutter, of Rufford Road, Poulton, Wallasey, admitted breaching a restraining order, causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and common assault.

He jailed for one year and three months at Liverpool Crown Court.

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