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Minicab driver handed suspended jail sentence after taking free flying PARROT from London park

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A minicab driver who stole a free flying PARROT from a London park, which later died, has been handed a two-week suspended prison sentence.

Mr Sattar Abdul, 44, from Essex, was found guilty yesterday of theft at Wimbledon Magistrates' court.

On 20 June 2022 at Sheen Gate in Richmond Gate, Mr Abdul claimed that a free flying Macaw flew into his silver private hire vehicle (PHV) and that it was unwell.

The Macaw, named Sura, was taken back to Mr Abdul’s home in Essex whilst the owner was looking for her.

The following day, Mr Abdul, unable to care for Sura, returned her to Richmond Park. It is believed she was killed by a fox.

Mr Abdul received a 4-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £2,000 compensation.

He was also given 200 hours of community service.

PC Riggs, a Met Police Investigating Officer, said: “We are pleased with the conviction, but our thoughts are with Sura’s owner who has lost an irreplaceable friend.”


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