‘Sexual deviant’ accused of intercourse with shetland pony in South Yorkshire

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A ‘sexual deviant’ had intercourse with a Shetland pony called Sky in a the dead of night, a court heard.

Alan Barnfield, aged 44, was found ‘sweating profusely and smelled strongly of horses’ when he was spoken to by police officers at Oak Tree Stables on Rakes Lane, Loversall, Doncaster.

Residents thought Barfield was going to steal two ponies and rang the police after they saw him acting suspiciously at around half past midnight on August 8 2012.

Sheffield Crown Court heard he was spotted putting something around the neck of a Shetland pony and leading the animals to a dark wooded area.

Prosecutor Louise Reevell said: “It is at this time the prosecution say that intercourse took place out of sight in a dark wooded area at the end of the paddock.”

When police searched Barfield’s rucksack looking for items he might use to commit theft, they found several cans of Lynx deodorant, a length of white electrical cable, a handheld water sprayer, a cloth, a metal dog chain and two bottles of Lucozade.

Barfield, of Hexthorpe Lane, Hexthorpe, Doncaster, said he had found a 14 inch tube filled with water in the grass earlier and told officers he was ‘just out walking’.

He was allowed to leave the scene.

But Miss Reevell said the next day owner Jodie Walton inspected her ponies and found Sky appeared to be in discomfort.

A vet was called out and an examination conducted.

Barfield’s home was searched by police and his two mobile phones were examined.

“They had images and films on them involving bestiality, in particular with horses,” said Miss Reevell.

Clothes he had been wearing the night before had been washed, the jury heard.

Two bottles left at the scene were tested for DNA and revealed a partial match with the defendant.

Horse DNA was also found on a sample taken from Barfield, who denies having intercourse with an animal.

Resident Charlotte Harrison, whose home is opposite the paddock, told the jury she heard a noise which woke her up and she looked out of her bedroom window.

She said she saw a man leaning up against the fence by the paddock looking into the field.

“The only reason I became concerned and suspicious is because he was constantly looking over his shoulder to see if anybody was around,” she said.

Mrs Harrison said the man then walked away but came back again and walked over to where the ponies were.

“At that point he started to stroke one pony on its neck. Then I saw him reach down as if he was trying to put something on the horse’s neck. The horse was trying to get away by rearing up.

“Obviously I thought he was trying to pinch them,” she said.

Her husband, Roger, said he rang the police when he saw the man leading both horses to a dark area of the paddock. 
The trial continues.