Disgraced horse dealer James Gray was last week convicted of five offences relating to horses transported through Dover in 2007.

At Folkestone Magistrates Court on 26 July, Gray received a three-year conditional discharge and £9,145 costs.

A spokesman for Kent Trading Standards told H&H: “The offences included transporting 17 horses, who were not individually partitioned within the vehicle, his horses did not have health certificates to be imported/exported and he breached a formal notice not to use an unsuitable vehicle to transport his horses.”

Gray pleaded guilty to the health certificate offence only, but was convicted of all five offences. He has been ordered to pay the costs to Kent County Council within six months.

On 27 May, Gray was sentenced to eight months in prison by Judge Christopher Tyrer at Aylesbury Crown Court.

His sentence was increased by two months for absconding from that court on 12 May.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (5 August, ’10)