Man, 22, admits having sex with horse and filming it after friend found video

A young man has admitted to a vile act of bestiality after he had sex with a horse and filmed it.

22-year-old Isaac Cluley recorded himself committing the disgusting crime in August 2020 and kept the footage on his mobile phone.

Cluley, from Leicester, was arrested soon after a friend who borrowed his phone stumbled across the disturbing clip.

His friend was horrified and confronted Isaac before contacting the police, leading to his arrest.

The defendant, of Milligan Road, Aylestone, Leicester appeared at Leicester magistrates’ court yesterday to admit a single charge under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

After a hearing, it was decided his case would be escalated to Leicester Crown Court, which has greater sentencing powers.

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This isn't the first time Cluley has been charged with this offence, as he was convicted of the same one in 2016 and was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to a community order.

A psychiatric report will be prepared in time for the sentencing hearing, which is scheduled to take place at the end of the month.

Prosecutor Stacey Mills told the court that the friend had discovered the film when he used Cluley's phone to seek help because the defendant was so drunk he was concerned for his welfare.

Ms Mills said: "He saw a video on the screen. He said it must have been left there since the phone was last used.

"The video showed someone having intercourse with a horse. It looked as though the person committing the act was also holding the phone.

"He thought the person in the video could be this defendant, so he decided to transfer the video to his phone. He says he did this because he thought this might be a police case."

At this point, Cluley was so ill as a result of his alcohol consumption that he was taken to hospital by ambulance, Ms Mills said.

The young man later confronted Cluley about the video.

"Initially the defendant denied it was him in the video, but eventually he did admit it," Ms Mills said.

"He also said he had done it before and disclosed that the horse was near where he lived, in Great Central Way."

At this stage, the friend contacted Leicestershire Police to report Cluley.

"He was interviewed and ultimately admitted the offences." Ms Mills added.

"On the way to the police station, he said 'I want help with my mental health. It is why I have been drinking more recently'."

The offence carries a maximum sentence of two years in custody.

His legal representative Kate Nield said a psychiatric assessment would be prepared in time for the hearing at the crown court on Friday, January 29.

In the meantime, Cluley is subject to a 9pm to 7am curfew throughout the week.

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