August 2022

Married man, 52, had sex with pony

A 52-year-old married man from Bradford has been convicted after he raped a pony

Abdul Ghani was arrested after horse owners reported finding a torch, bags of carrots and a supermarket receipt discarded in secluded areas.

When a pony was found with black electrical tape and elasticated bandage attached to its tail, a vet and a forensic scientist carried out an examination and a DNA sample from inside the animal matched Ghani.

Ghani has now been jailed for 10 months and has been banned from entering any field, paddock or stable in England and Wales containing horses, ponies or donkeys

Prosecutor Michael Collins said a car linked to Ghani was seen parked near to wear the pony was found and baby oil and a bag of carrots could be seen inside it.

When an officer drove by his home an Audi vehicle parked outside was also found to have a bottle of baby oil in it.

After his arrest, Ghani’s mobile phone was downloaded and police found nearly 1,000 internet searches relating to sexual activity with animals, particularly horses.

In court Ghani, of Beamsley Road, Frizinghall, admitted having intercourse with an animal.

He had previously told police he “loved the wild” and been going out to watch owls and foxes. He admitted feeding carrots, biscuits and apples to horses.

The maximum prison sentence for such an offence is two years, but Judge Hatton decided that Ghani’s sentence after a trial would have been 12 months and that could be reduced to 10 months because of his guilty plea.

“I’m satisfied that appropriate punishment can only be achieved by immediate custody,” he told Ghani. “Owners of horses and ponies are entitled to know that their animals are safe from people like you.”

Ghani, who used the cars to visit the animals, was banned from driving for 29 months and because he had committed a sexual offence he must now register with the police as a sex offender for the next 10 years.

He was also ordered to pay £110 compensation relating to the vet’s bill.