A parrot- killer who decapitated his beloved pet in a drunken rage has been jailed for five- and- a- half months after a magistrate branded him "the Ozzy Osbourne of Wolverhampton".

Paul Brian Pugh, who told reporters before the case that he "deserved to die" for the sickening offence, was also banned from keeping any animal for the rest of his life.

Pugh, of Third Avenue, Low Hill, Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty last month to twisting off the head of the Senegal parrot, named Baby, during an argument with his wife.

Ordering the 39-year-old defendant to serve four months for causing unnecessary suffering to the bird and a further six weeks of a previous sentence from which he was released on licence, District Judge Shamim Qureshi said: "The parrot had no chance of fleeing.

"You proceeded to kill the bird in front of your wife and child and it was a disgusting incident for anyone to have to witness.

" This has all the hallmarks of pop stars on stage. You are what might be described as the Ozzy Osbourne of Wolverhampton for the way you have treated this bird."

The judge - whose reference to Osbourne's legendary decision to sink his teeth into a bat was met with a volley of abuse from Pugh - added: "The court has a duty to protect innocent creatures and I have no choice - there must be a custodial sentence."

Earlier, Roger Price, prosecuting for the RSPCA, described how Pugh had aimed a blow at his 15-year-old son before stumbling into the living room and pulling the parrot from its cage.

Mr Price said: "Pugh then held the head of the parrot in one hand and the body in another.

"He shouted 'Right, I am going to f***ing kill her. Watch me'."

Amrit Johal, defending, said his client was an alcoholic and could remember nothing of the incident.

Pugh was remanded in custody yesterday morning after arriving at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court drunk.

He struggled with security guards as he was taken to the cells to sober up for the hearing. RSPCA Inspector Jackie Hickman welcomed the decision to jail Pugh.

" The incident was horrific. Parrots are very sensitive creatures and it must have been terrified," she said.