A WARN­ING

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As part of his sen­tence Bun­yan was made sub­ject to a sex of­fences pre­ven­tion or­der which pro­hibits him from work­ing, liv­ing and hav­ing con­tact with any un­su­per­vised young per­son un­der the age of 18. Bun­yan must also sign on the Sex Of­fend­ers’ Reg­is­ter. Judge Pa­tience was urged by Bun­yan’s coun­sel to im­pose a com­mu­nity-based pun­ish­ment but the judge said he was un­able to take such a course due to the ages of Bun­yan’s vic­tims and the pro­longed and re­peated abuse. “A cus­to­dial sen­tence is a pun­ish­ment to you and serves as a warn­ing to oth­ers,” he added. Judge Pa­tience said he had taken into ac­count Bun­yan’s guilty pleas and his ex­cel­lent ref­er­ences re­gard­ing his rep­u­ta­tion in the eques­trian and showjump­ing world. “It is clear that in the con­text of your work you have worked hard and in­dus­tri­ously and in that way you have built up a suc­cess­ful busi­ness and have many sat­is­fied clients,” the judge re­marked. “If you lose your lib­erty the ef­fect on that busi­ness and your busi­ness part­ner would be con­sid­er­able.”

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