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Sally Hales, de­fend­ing, said Bun­yan en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess in showjump­ing at both county and in­ter­na­tional level, and had gone on to build up a suc­cess­ful busi­ness based on his “out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion”. She said that at the time of the abuse Bun­yan was a re­pressed ho­mo­sex­ual and it had taken him some time to come to terms with his sex­u­al­ity. “He per­suaded him­self it was con­sen­sual but deep down he knew that it wasn’t and th­ese were young men who had put their trust in him,” she added. Miss Hales said Bun­yan had shown a de­gree of em­pa­thy to­wards his vic­tims when he told a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer: “I have wrecked so many lives.” She also handed in char­ac­ter ref­er­ences.

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