A Cornwall man who killed his sister’s donkey has been jailed for 56 days.

Darrel Duffill, 54, a recovering alcoholic from Duloe, south east Cornwall, had reportedly drunk half a bottle of rum before shooting the donkey in the head on 28 February.

He appeared before Bodmin Magistrates for sentencing on 23 March following pleading guilty on 2 March to shooting his sister’s donkey with an air rifle.

Magistrates described it as a “particularly nasty and callous offence, which had a horrendous impact”.

His sister Carolyn Jones found the 10-year-old donkey Claude, lying in a pool of blood in his stable.

The pair had reportedly had an argument earlier that day in which he’d said: “You better watch out. You might have a dead donkey, chicken or pony in the morning.”