February 2017

Jailed: Dangerous pervert who had sex with horse on Yorkshire farm

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A dangerous sexual deviant who was found guilty of having sex with a horse at a farm in West Yorkshire has been given an extended prison term totalling ten years.

Julian Ridgeway, 54, was jailed after a court heard he poses a risk of being violent towards people who might catch him having sex with a horse.

A jury convicted Ridgeway of intercourse with an animal and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence after a trial at Leeds Crown Court in December last year.

Ridgeway, of South Lane, Netherton, Wakefield, has a previous conviction for attempting to murder a 16-year-old girl in 1990 after she caught him about to have sex with her pony.

At his sentencing hearing today, the court heard police have concerns over the risk Ridgeway poses to members of the public.

Probation and psychiatric reports also stated that Ridgeway poses a significant risk of harm to animals and those who may challenge him while having sex with a horse.

Ridgeway was arrested in May last year after a couple hid in a barn in Netherton and kept watch when they became concerned about the way their 13-year-old mare, called Honey, had been behaving.

Honey’s owner Louise Lumley watched with her husband as Ridgeway lead the horse into a pen before challenging him.

Ridgeway ran off from the farm but was later questioned by police and denied being the man involved.

He was then arrested after DNA evidence was recovered from the animal.

At his trial in 1991, jurors heard Ridgeway twice chocked a teenager unconscious to silence her after she had found him in a “compromising situation” with her mare Ripple.

The victim had gone to a field off Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, to look for her pony and found Ridgeway half naked.

He had no trousers or underpants on and appeared to be washing the backside of her pony from a bucket.

In 2011, police searched Ridgeway’s home and found a tape recording, entitled ‘We Thought It Would Be Good’, which featured an unknown man having sex with a horse.

Sentencing Rideway today, Recorder Paul Greaney, QC, 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 that you will seek to have sex with a horse or pony again in the future.

“You are likely to engage in serious violence against any person who finds you.”

Recorder Greaney said he believed Ridgeway would have attacked Mrs Lumley during the incident in May if she had been alone.

Describing his offending, he said: “In my view this case is among the most serious cases of sexual intercourse with an animal.

“You have no intention of confronting or dealing with in any way, your deviant interest in horses. You have absolutely no insight.”

Ridgeway must serve a custodial period period of four years, followed by an extended licence period of six years.

He was told he must go on the sex offenders register for life.

December 2016

Deviant guilty of having sex with horse tried to kill girl

A SEXUAL deviant has been found guilty of having sex with a horse as it emerged he tried to kill a girl who caught him in a pony romp more than 25 years ago.

Julian Ridgeway, 53, described as a ‘dangerous sexual deviant’, had attempted to murder the 16-year-old girl in 1990 after she caught him about to attack her pony.

Ridgeway served an eight-year prison sentence following the incident in which he tried to choke the teenager so “she would not live to tell the tale.”

This week, Leeds Crown Court, West Yorks, heard Ridgeway was at it again a quarter-of-a-century later after leading a horse into a pig pen before being disturbed by farmers.

The mare named Honey was later examined by a vet at the farm in Wakefield, West Yorks., and DNA was recovered from inside the animal which matched to Ridgeway.

Recorder Paul Greaney, QC, told Ridgeway, who will be sentenced next year: “A man with your level of deviance clearly needs help.”

The horse’s owner Louise Lumley had hidden in her barn and kept watch over her 13-year-old mare who said she had been acting strange.

She then spotted Ridgeway leading the horse into the pen before challenging him with her husband – but he ran off and denied being the suspect.

However, Ridgeway, of Netherton, West Yorks., was later arrested in May of this year after the DNA evidence was recovered from the animal.

Ridgeway denied having a “long-term sexual fascination” with horses during the trial -following the incident which happened between April 28 and May 10, 2016.

He admitted touching the horse – but said his behaviour was not sexual and claimed the DNA must have come from his clothing during the ‘touching’.

Ridgeway was found guilty of intercourse with an animal and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence by a jury during trial.

Jurors were only told of Ridgeway’s previous conviction today after taking less than an hour to reach unanimous verdicts.

A court report from March 1991 stated Ridgeway was taken from the dock at Leeds Crown Court protesting: “I have never had sex with a horse.”

That jury took less than half an hour to reach their verdict finding Ridgeway, then 28, guilty of attempted murder on July 3, 1990.

The prosecution claimed he had twice chocked her unconscious to silence her after she had found him in a “compromising situation” with her mare Ripple.

At the time, Mr Justice Jowett said: “You [Ridgeway] 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.

“You dragged and lifted her body to a place where you hoped to conceal it.

“When you saw her begin to revive, that should have brought you to your senses; it did not – you then tried a second time to kill her.”

“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.”

The victim had described to the jury how she had gone to her field in Wakefield, West Yorks., to look for her pony and found Ridgeway half naked.

He had no trousers or underpants on and appeared to be washing the backside of her pony from a bucket.

Ridgeway denied that he had been interfering with her horse that day and said he was not responsible for attacking the teenager.

Ridgeway’s home was also searched by police in 2011 and a video cassette was found of a man having sex with a horse.

Ridgeway was remanded in custody until February 3 to allow for a psychiatric report to be constructed before sentencing.

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