Man admits sex with goat

Man admits sex with goat

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Robert Newman, 23, from Wiltshire, has admitted having sex with a goat, contrary to s.69 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and has subsequently been banned from every farm in the country.

Newman originally denied the offence but changed his plea to guilty and has been bailed pending the preparation of a pre-sentence report. As part of his bail conditions, he had been banned from entering any land where farm animals are kept, as well as a curfew from 7pm to 7am. His next appearance at North West Wiltshire Magistrates’ Court will be on 12th September, where he will be sentenced for the offence.

There are sentencing guidelines for the offence, which state:

Factors to take into consideration:

1. The sentences for public protection must be considered in all cases. They are designed to ensure that sexual offenders are not released into the community if they present a significant risk of serious harm.

2. This replaces the previous offence of ‘buggery’ with an animal, for which the maximum penalty was life imprisonment. The maximum penalty of 2 years’ imprisonment attached to this offence is sufficient to recognise an offender’s predisposition towards unnatural sexual activity.

3. A custodial sentence for an adult for this offence will result in an obligation to comply with notification requirements and this seems to be the most appropriate course of action for a repeat offender. The offence can be charged in addition to existing offences relating to cruelty to animals.

4. A pre-sentence report, which can identify sexually deviant tendencies, will be extremely helpful in determining the most appropriate disposal. It will also help determine whether an offender would benefit from participation in a programme designed to help them address those tendencies.

The offence carries a maximum sentence of 2 years imprisonment. The basic offence, with no aggravating or mitigating factors, will usually result in a non-custodial sentence, often a community order. Aggravating factors include recording the activity and/or circulating pictures or videos, whereas the offence being committed as a symptom of isolation rather than depravity will be a mitigating factor. Offenders will automatically be subject to notification requirements.

The CPS guidance on the offence can be found here.

The Evening Standard have linked to a “similar but unrelated” case in their article:

Father of three Nicholas Saunders was convicted of having sex with his ex-wife’s dog.

He was caught having intercourse with the four-year-old bull mastiff called Sasha in former wife Kelly Thacker’s bed.

Saunders, of Lechlade, Glos, was placed under supervision and ordered to attend a sex offenders course.

He was placed on the sex offenders register for the next five years.

He was also given a four-year restraining order preventing him from entering his ex-wife’s home without her written permission or by court order.

The specifics of Newman’s offence are unknown and so it’s difficult to predict what sentence he will receive, but we’ll update this post following sentence.

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Sara is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers practising in crime.

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  1. That poor goat. Did he even ask for its consent? Reading this has almost put me off my lunch. Lamb chops with new potatoes & goats cheese.

  2. Well, looking at the sentencing guidelines highlighted in the article, it’s the least we can expect from a country that founded the RSPCA before the NSPCC.

    It made my day. I almost chocked on my coffee. it’s so readable and made me guffaw when I opened the page. Wrong on so many levels, but come on, life imprisonment as a possible sentence?

  3. At least he pleaded and spared the goat from the ordeal of giving evidence.

    I think he should get a suspended sentence with a condition of having the goat’s mother to live with him. That’ll larn him.

  4. He needs to move to the town and quick.

    I was told of a similar case in Austria. A German was staying at Pensions close to Salzburg and he was tupping cows. One farmer caught him and all the cows were put down as they were traumatized. The cow-tupper was sent to prison in Austria. I lodged with a woman who had to put a couple of her cows to sleep as he had apparently, well you know… Didn’t the Germans change something around bestiality and laws recently?

    I bet it’s not the first time either. You don’t wake up morning and fancy a bit of goat do you? My guess is, this has been going on for years. Did he ask for other offences to be taken into consideration?
    But honestly, how on earth would you keep a straight face as the brief lands on your desk?

  5. “But honestly, how on earth would you keep a straight face as the brief lands on your desk?”

    The old and apposite answer is: Like hedgehogs mate – with great difficulty.

    How did anyone know the cows were traumatised?

  6. Dunno.

    That said, I’ve been writing articles for a Finnish publication and the Pickle Index in China is proving to be vital in studies of Chinese migrant workers. Who’s have thought it. A pickled plant product guides economists in the world’s second largest economy.

    So I guess, in terms of studies of how traumatised a cow is due to being sexually assaulted by a human being, anything is possible.

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