|Julian Ridgeway had sex with a horse (Picture: SWNS)|
A man has been jailed after he was caught leading a pony from its stable so he could molest it. Julian Ridgeway, 54, lived on the same road as where Honey, a mare, was kept in an outbuilding.
Her owners were keeping watch because they suspected something was going on, and immediately challenged him when they saw him start to lead her away. He ran off, but when police investigated they found semen matching his DNA on Honey, indicating sex on a previous occasion.
Ridgeway had previously been caught trying to have sex with a horse, and had a conviction for attempted murder after he was found naked from the waist down washing a pony’s bottom in 1990. The pony’s owner, who was then 16, confronted him about what he was doing and he strangled her ‘within an inch of her life’ so she couldn’t tell anyone what happened.
|He lived on the same road in Yorkshire (Picture: Google Maps)|
Mr Justice Jowett told him in 1991: ‘You were about to behave in a disgusting manner with her pony and when she surprised you, you quite plainly decided she should not live to tell the tale.’
When she began to come round Ridgeway choked her again.
The judge added: ‘It is quite clear to me, but for the fortunate appearance of her mother on the scene you would have kept the pressure on her throat and made no mistake about it the second time, and she would have died.’
As he was sent down, Ridgeway left court protesting ‘I have never had sex with a horse.’ After his release from the eight-year prison sentence, he returned to his old perversion.
|He was jailed at Leeds Crown Court (Picture: Google Maps)|
Jailing him again this week, Recorder Paul Greaney said: ‘I am quite satisfied that you have a deep seated sexual interest in horses and ponies that you struggle to control and which you were unable to control in 1990 and 2016. There is a very high risk you will seek to have sex with a horse or pony in the future.’
He said Ridegway could become violent again if caught in the act, and said that if Honey’s owner had been alone when she caught him on May 10 last year, she too might have been attacked.
Throughout his recent trial, Ridgeway again maintained he had no sexual fascination with horses and denied having had sex with Honey. But a jury at Leeds Crown Court convicted him of trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence in Netherton, Wakefield, on May 10, last year and of intercourse with an animal between April 18 to May 10.
The judge said it was clear that Ridgeway was not prepared to confront his ‘deviant sexual history’ and jailed him for four years, with an extended licence period of six years after he is released.
- Metro, UK