A schoolboy and his mother have been convicted of cruelty after carrying out the ritual slaughter of three sheep.

While the teenager agreed to accept a one-month suspended sentence from the Austrian court, his mother, from Turkey and who has lived in Austria for 16 years, refused to accept community service until she could ask her husband for permission.

She had also tried to negotiate with the judge so that she could pay money instead, but gave in when she was told that the only alternative was jail.

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