A British man has been banned from entering any farm in the UK and handed a 6-week prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a live goat.
Metro reports that Robert Newman, 23, launched the night-time attack on the animal in a barn in Devizes in Wiltshire.
North West Wiltshire magistrates’ court in Chippenham was told the goat required treatment for injuries sustained during the assault.
Newman, of Devizes, initially denied a charge of having sex with a living animal between April 5 and 16 this year.
But he later changed his plea and admitted the attack, contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, on August 19 with his earlier denial attributed to ‘embarrassment and shame’ by his lawyer.
Magistrates today jailed Newman for six weeks for the offence after hearing a victim impact statement from the goat’s owners, read out prosecutor Anna Humphreys.
The statement went: ‘My husband is worried about me being on the farm on my own.
‘This person has cost us a considerable amount of money because we have had to install security cameras. We have also had to pay for vets fees and antibiotics for the injuries sustained by the goat.’
The attack happened when Newman was on a suspended sentence for burglary.
Gail Chilcott, chair of the bench, activated the eight-week suspended sentence and jailed Newman for six weeks for the goat attack.
Defending, Anne Ellery told the court Newman’s actions were a ‘symptom of isolation rather than depravity’ and ‘treatment is certainly something that he will need to seek’.
Miss Ellery read a statement from Newman to the court.
It said: ‘I don’t want to be this bad person anymore, I just want to get on with my life and do good.
‘I want to stand before you and say I am sorry and I just want to be back with my family.’
Newman, wearing a black coat and shirt, remained emotionless as he was led to the cells.