A MAN hurled a cat at another man for questioning his sister’s Scottish roots, a Scarborough court heard.
Andrew McCaffery, 24, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assault after throwing the pet in a violent rage which left his victim with a scratched neck.
He also punched the man in his left eye.
Prosecuting, Katy Varlow said: “Three people came barging in through the front door, he did not know who they were and said to the woman she did not seem particularly Scottish.
“McCaffery took exception and got angry, he picked up the cat and threw it.
Mitigating, Nick Tubbs said: “He has three issues; his temper, his drink and his anger. He does need to have some help.”
Chairman of the bench, Mike Dineen said: “This was an unprovoked assault and you have an unenviable record of violence.
“It is time you grew up.
“A cat being thrown through the air is going to have its claws out and that is a nasty weapon.”
McCaffery was given an 18 month community order and ordered to attend anger management classes.