June 2009

Teenager sentenced for dog sex

A former Reading teenager has escaped jail after having sex with a dog.

Nineteen-year-old Thomas Fletcher sexually abused Rosie the sheepdog who belonged to his foster carers.

His sick act was recorded on a voice-activated dictaphone during the incident at the house in Eton Wick in March, last year, when his foster mother became suspicious of why her two dogs were acting as if they were frightened of Fletcher.

Retriever collie cross Ralph was forced to watch as Fletcher pounced after breaking into the locked bedroom.

The disturbed pervert maintained his innocence but was unanimously convicted of two acts of bestiality after a trial in March this year.

Both dogs were taken away by police for medical tests. “When Rosie was seen by the vet she was terrified and her pupils were dilated,” said Mr Dunkin.

Medical swabs taken from the defendant immediately after his arrest revealed a 100 per cent match with the DNA of both dogs.

He faced sentence this morning.

Following his conviction he was advised to leave Reading YMCA where he was staying and Henley College for his own safety. He is now living in Gloucester.

Alexander Mills, prosecuting, also advised Fletcher is banned from owning, keeping or working with dogs.

Sentencing, Judge Charles Elly said: “You were convicted by a jury of two counts of sexual intercourse with an animal.

“Both took place one afternoon on March 19, last year, when you were left alone in the home by Mr and Mrs Sharp.

“The dogs had been locked in the bedroom due to the concerns the couple had with your behaviour and a digital audio recorder was left on.

“Although there were two dogs in the room, the offences committed were only on Rosie.

“Your actions have destroyed an opportunity that was given to you.”

Fletcher, who the court heard had also tried to commit suicide by slashing his neck, warned he would kill himself if he were imprisoned.

He was given a two-year supervision order with a 60-day education and training activity requirement and an ASBO preventing him from owning, keeping or working with dogs.