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Norfolk Man Sentenced for Pony Cruelty

Today, Monday 26 January, at Thetford Magistrates Court in Norfolk, Clonus Jones was sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to a yearling piebald colt in his possession.

Jones, of Shelfanger Road, Diss was sentenced to 150 hours community service, ordered to pay £2,000 costs and banned from keeping horses for 1 year.

He was convicted at a hearing at Swaffham Magistrates Court on 17th December last year, when he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, only minutes prior to going into court. The magistrates at today's sentencing questioned how Mr Jones could care for the 65 horses he admitted to owning, when he claimed to be living on benefits alone.

The prosecution made it clear to the court the difficult circumstances under which the two charities had to work, which included threats of physical violence, verbal abuse, non cooperation and the unnecessary destruction of a young animal that could have been saved.



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