January 2021

Man, 22, admits having sex with horse and filming it on his phone

A man has admitted having sex with a horse and filming the depraved act on his phone.

Isaac Cluley, 22, committed the offence in Leicester in August last year and was arrested later after a friend chanced upon the video when borrowing his phone.

The friend was appalled by what he saw and confronted Cluley before contacting the police.

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

Following a brief hearing, magistrates sent his case to Leicester Crown Court, which has greater sentencing powers.

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.’

Ms Mills said he was convicted of the same offence in 2016 and was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to a community order.

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.