A factory worker has been jailed for four years after he was cleared of having sex with a Shetland pony but convicted of outraging public decency.
Both the perversion and the law.
The judge pointed out that, while the outraging public decency charge was only added halfway through the trial, it actually carried an unlimited sentence whereas the main charge he was cleared of – intercourse with an animal – carries a two-year maximum.
The second charge was added when lawyers in the case realised that Barnfield could only be found guilty of the central charge if he had actually had penetrative sex with the animal and that he would have to be aquitted if this could not be proved.
I don’t think I agree with that. I’m pretty sure that I want whatever the charges are to be set at the beginning of the trial. And if they don’t apply the right ones, well, that’s tough. They’ve got one chance at proving tht liberty should be forefeit only.