HORSE PERV IS HAV­ING A MARE! Jailed for sex acts in field of horses

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cap­tion in here please A MAN with a bizarre horse fetish has been jailed after be­ing spot­ted per­form­ing a “to­tally dis­gust­ing” sex act in front of some steeds.

Such is the ex­tent of Mal­colm Downes’s of­fend­ing, he is “pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing any field or sta­ble, or any other area which con­tains equine an­i­mals in the Hum­ber­side Po­lice area” as part of an ASBO.

The 59-year-old ( right), who be­gan com­mit­ting sex­ual of­fences in 1974, nar­rowly avoided a prison sen­tence in May after he was seen near horses in a field, in Hull, East Yorks.

But just weeks later Downes was spot­ted per­form­ing a sex act in a field con­tain­ing horses. This has led to a judge hand­ing him a two-year sen­tence for what he called his “to­tally dis­gust­ing” be­hav­iour. Hull Crown Court heard Downes was seen by a res­i­dent in a field in Hull at 11am. The pros­e­cu­tor said the man had “chal­lenged the de­fen­dant about his be­hav­iour and no­ticed he was in close prox­im­ity to some horses. “The de­fen­dant claimed he had been uri­nat­ing. He apol­o­gised and rode away on his bi­cy­cle.” How­ever, the res­i­dent had taken some photos of what he had seen, which cor­rob­o­rated his view of events.

Downes was ar­rested and ad­mit­ted twice breach­ing the or­der that day, but said he had gone back to the field “to look for my keys be­cause I’ve lost them”.

Downes had been con­victed of in­de­cent ex­po­sure in 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, four times in 1980 – with an­other taken into con­sid­er­a­tion – 1986, and 1983.

He was con­victed of ex­po­sure in 2007 un­der the then new Sex­ual Of­fences Act. He was also made sub­ject to an an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour or­der in 2013 after a woman walk­ing her dog saw him per­form­ing a sex act in front of a horse, an or­der he breached five times.

Downes, from Hull, ad­mit­ted breach­ing the ASBO and or­der he was sen­tenced to in May.

His de­fence said he had been mak­ing good progress on the Bet­ter New Me programme, and was plan­ning to visit his doc­tor with his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer “to seek li­bido sup­press­ing drugs”.

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