Judges slash Doncaster pony pervert’s sentence in half

File picture shows Alan Barnfield, 44, arriving at Sheffield Crown Court. See copy RPYPONY : A sick deviant who sexually abused a SHETLAND PONY was jailed for four years - after a judge branded him perverted and "utterly disgusting".  Depraved Alan Barnfield was found guilty of outraging public decency by inserting objects - thought to be a cider bottle - into Shetland Pony Sky after leading her out of the paddock and into a wooded area.  Caging the monster for four years, Judge Kelsey QC described the abuse as "utterly disgusting perversion" and even apologised to the jury for having to sit through the "unpleasant" case.  The jury had listened to evidence that pervert Barnfield was found "sweating profusely and smelling strongly of horses" by officers who were alerted by an onlooker thinking he was stealing Sky and horse Savannah.

File picture shows Alan Barnfield, 44, arriving at Sheffield Crown Court. See copy RPYPONY : A sick deviant who sexually abused a SHETLAND PONY was jailed for four years - after a judge branded him perverted and "utterly disgusting". Depraved Alan Barnfield was found guilty of outraging public decency by inserting objects - thought to be a cider bottle - into Shetland Pony Sky after leading her out of the paddock and into a wooded area. Caging the monster for four years, Judge Kelsey QC described the abuse as "utterly disgusting perversion" and even apologised to the jury for having to sit through the "unpleasant" case. The jury had listened to evidence that pervert Barnfield was found "sweating profusely and smelling strongly of horses" by officers who were alerted by an onlooker thinking he was stealing Sky and horse Savannah.

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A man jailed for ‘disgusting and despicable’ behaviour with a Shetland pony has had his four-year jail term slashed in half.

Alan Barnfield, of Hexthorpe Lane, Hexthorpe, in Doncaster, was found not guilty of having sex with the pony, called Sky.

But the 45-year-old factory worker was convicted of outraging public decency in a field near Doncaster in August 2012 and jailed at Sheffield Crown Court in January.

Mr Justice Saunders told London’s Criminal Court of Appeal Sky was left ‘badly affected’ and suffered ‘considerable pain’.

She became ‘nervous and volatile’ and ‘suspicious of humans’, he added. Describing it as a ‘distressing case’, the judge said it was ‘disgusting and despicable’ behaviour by Barnfield.

Barrister, Alison Dorrell, argued Banfield’s sentence was too tough given jurors had cleared him of having sex with the pony.

Mr Justice Saunders agreed there was ‘merit’ in the appeal and concluded: “We consider it would be unfair to allow this sentence to stand.”

The judge, sitting with Lord Justice Jackson and Judge Neil Ford QC, cut Barnfield’s sentence to two years.

Barnfield originally stood trial on a charge of having sexual intercourse with Sky. However, the public decency count was later added. Miss Dorrell said it was designed to cover the situation where the jury was sure he had restrained Sky physically and used a bottle to molest her at Oak Tree Stables, Loversall.

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