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.