Pevensey Bay man sentenced for sexual acts on pony

A Pevensey Bay man has received a suspended jail sentence after committing sexual acts on a miniature Shetland pony.

Grahame Coombe appeared in Court on Monday (November 18) and was sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to the animal and criminal damage.

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by committing sexual acts on the pony at a stables at Hooe on Sunday February 10 this year and four counts of criminal damage by breaking into the stables on December 15 and December 23, 2012, and on January 3 and February 10 this year.

Coombe was given 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 24-weeks, a 12-month supervision order, ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work within the next 12 months, to pay £317.24 compensation, fined £80 and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs.

After the case, Detective Constable Nicholas O’Shaughnessy said, “Offences of this nature are extremely rare.

“I would like to reassure the public that any such activity will be positively and robustly dealt with.”