The date when Buckinghamshire horse dealer James Gray and his family will appeal their convictions and sentences for horse cruelty has been changed to 11 January, to give the magistrates more time to prepare.

On 8 May, Bicester Magistrates Court convicted James Gray, 45, of Spindle Farm, Chalk Lane, Hyde Heath, and a youth who cannot be named, of nine charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals and two charges of failing to protect animals from pain, injury, suffering and disease.

Gray was sentenced to six months imprisonment, ordered to pay £400,000 and banned from keeping horses for life. The youth was banned from keeping horses for 10 years.

Gray’s wife Julie and daughters Cordelia and Jodie were also banned from keeping equines for 10 years and given 150 hours community service each over 12 months.
They were found guilty of failing to protect the animals.

The appeal was due to be heard at Bicester Magistrates Court on 4 January but has been put back by one week.