London, Jan 30 (ANI): A Brit man, who admitted that he had sex with a horse, has escaped jail.
26-year-old Derek Woods was caught after police rigged up a paddock with secret cameras and alarms 10 months after he first interfered with the horse called Amber, reports the Telegraph.
Police swooped on the stable in Devon after the alarm sounded and Woods was caught red handed.
Glasgow born Woods admitted one count of having sex with a horse in February this year and two charges of animal cruelty in December 2009 and August 2010 at Clyst St George near Exeter, Devon.
"Maggie Hunt keeps two horses at a rural location close to Clyst St George, Exeter," prosecutor Gareth Evans told Exeter Crown Court.
"The location is purely that of a paddock and a stable for two horses The paddock is accessed via a gate which leads directly onto a small country lane.
"In early December 2009 Mrs Hunt noticed that somebody had been entering the stable and interfering with her horse. The first occasion was on the 18th December when she found a male asleep in the barn - he was drunk and did leave when asked.
"Mrs Hunt also noticed that water containers and food bins had been moved from outside to inside the stable so she decided to examine her horse. She reported the matter to the police.
"Due to this incident various tactics were employed by Mrs Hunt and the police to try and put off the perpetrator or catch that person at the scene, these included fake CCTV cameras and an alarm which sounded when activated.
"Police were also instructed to pay passing visits to the location. However these tactics did not prove successful. On several occasions the camera was moved and Mrs Hunt was left in no doubt that the offender continued to attend the stable.
"On the morning of 4th February 2010 Mrs Hunt noticed injuries to her horse and what appeared to be fluid on the thigh of the horse," Evans said.
After another incident in July when the horse was injured, the Devon and Cornwall police force's technical support unit installed a covert infa red camera and a wireless panic alarm usually used to domestic violence victims was used at the site, said Detective Constable Darren Campbell.
"The alarm sensors were taken apart, camouflaged and fixed to the stable door and a tiny covert camera and infa red lamp set up inside with the power source and recording equipment hidden in a nearby tack room," he said.
"On 9th August 2010 at around 11pm there was an alarm activation and police attended, they found Woods at the scene and he was arrested," Campbell said.
During his detention his DNA was taken and submitted onto the database. Around 10 days later police had a match to the swab taken from the thigh of the horse. A second swab proved that Woods had had sex with the horse.
An experienced vet who attended said the animal showed signs of distress throughout the ordeal.
Jobless Woods, now living in Exeter, was sentenced yesterday at Exeter Crown Court.
His lawyer Niel Wraith said Woods was an 'isolated' man with a drink problem whereby he drank large quantities of Thunderbird - a mixture of Buckfast tonic wine, Martini and coke.
Judge Paul Darlow gave him a 24 months supervision order with an alcohol treatment condition and banned him from a one-mile radius of the victim's fields and stables. (ANI)