A woman microwaved a 10-week-old kitten to death in revenge after its owner reported her abusive partner to the police, a media report said.
Mum-of-two Gina Robins, 30, put the family pet in the oven after using it to warm food for her 18-month-old son Oliver while at the home of its owner, Sarah Knutton, The Sun reported Thursday.
It was days after her then friend had reported an incident involving Robins's partner outside the same house.
Torbay Magistrates' Court Thursday heard that Sarah, who is hard of hearing, was able to hear a loud popping noise "like a crisp packet being popped".
She then heard a loud "screeching" noise while in the lounge, which is separated from the kitchen by a hallway and two doors. She was beckoned to the kitchen by Robins, who investigated the noise despite claiming not to have heard it and returned saying: "Oh my God".
Sarah went into the kitchen thinking something had fallen on one of her seven cats or three kittens, shut in the kitchen to keep them away from the baby. She found the black and white kitten dead in the 770 watt appliance.
Robins, of Torquay, Cornwall, denies causing unnecessary suffering to animals. She claims that the microwave, which starts automatically when the door shuts, was accidentally turned on by one of the cats after the kitten got inside.
The trial continues.