England (Uk): Legal Victory – Horse Trader Sentenced to 6 Months Prison, Fined £400,000 and Given a Life Ban on Keeping Horses, Ponies and Donkeys


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Jail for Spindles Farm Horse Trader


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James Gray has been jailed for six months

Published Date: 12 June 2009

A horse trader found guilty of animal cruelty was today sentenced to six months in prison and banned from keeping horses, ponies and donkeys for life.

James John Gray (45) was also ordered to pay £400,000 costs.

His son, James Gray Junior (16), was ordered to complete an 18-month supervision order and banned from keeping equines for 10 years.

Wife Julie Gray (42) and daughters Jodie Gray (26) and Cordelia Gray (21) were ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and were banned from keeping equines for 10 years. Julie Gray was ordered to pay £750 in costs and Cordelia and Jodie Gray were ordered to pay £500 each in costs.

James Gray and his son James Gray Junior were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to 40 equines on Friday 8 May after a 12-week trial, brought by the RSPCA. Along with wife Julie Gray and daughters Jodie Gray and Cordelia Gray they were also found guilty of failing to meet the welfare needs of 114 equines.

The family was prosecuted after RSPCA inspectors discovered more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys and the bodies of a further 32 equines at Spindle Farm near Amersham between Friday 4 and Wednesday 9 January 2008.

District Judge Andrew Vickers said of James John Gray at today’s hearing at Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court: “I know you have a strong background with equines so it is all the more sad that you stand convicted. It is something your father and grandfather would be ashamed of.”

All the defendants had denied all counts of cruelty and neglect.

SkyNews ……..

Trader Jailed Over Horse Cruelty Horror