A man has been jailed for 14 months after he admitted sexually assaulting a horse in Redenhall, South Norfolk.

Alan Blackman, 31, of no fixed address, admitted attempted intercourse with a horse and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.

He was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court last week (23 October).

The court heard Blackman had filmed himself during the attack that lasted for more than an hour.

Blackman said he was high on cocaine and amphetamines and could not remember the incident. He had also consumed large amounts of alcohol.

He was caught on CCTV installed by the horse’s owner, Linda Molkenthin.

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Ms Molkenthin realised something had happened to her 21-year-old Hanoverian mare, Lottie, the morning after the attack (7 August).

“There was a water container and a knife in her stable,” she told H&H.

“We checked her over and she looked ok initially. Then we looked at the CCTV and saw he had been in there. We immediately called the vet out to look at her.”

Lottie was found to have suffered severe internal and external injuries.

Ms Molkenheim has owned the mare for 11 years and the pair enjoyed doing dressage together. The Hanoverian is now semi-retired, but was being hacked out prior to the attack.

“I’m so grateful we had CCTV,” added Ms Molkenthon.

Speaking after sentencing, detective sergeant Alison Clabon said: “Crimes such as this are very rare and today’s sentencing will hopefully send out a strong message that this sort of criminality will not be tolerated and the justice system will come down hard on those who feel they can get away with such a horrifying crime.”