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Man who tried to have sex with sheep escapes jail
Thursday, 06 March 2014
Sentence: Paul Lovell
A MAN who tried to engage in an act of bestiality with cows and sheep in woods in the north of the borough has escaped jail.
Paul Lovell, 61, of Magpie Close, Enfield, who was found guilty of outraging public decency by a jury at Wood Green Crown Court last month, was today sentenced to four months in prison – but the sentence will be suspended for 18 months.
On January 30 it took a jury little over two hours to convict the former computer engineer of trying to engage the farm animals in sexual acts on September 4, 2013.
During the course of the trial the court heard from a couple who were trying to have a picnic under an oak tree in a field near Archers Wood, off Whitewebbs Lane.
Tree surgeon Lawrence Stephen recounted how he had watched as a man who was naked, apart from his socks and shoes, tried to lure or attract the animals' mouths towards his genitals.
Mr Stephen said Lovell had “sort of tried to thrust his waist towards the cows, using his hands to guide the cows’ mouths towards his crotch”.
He added: “He wasn’t successful with whatever he was trying to do with the cows – so he resorted to the sheep,” which Mr Stephen explained were at the other end of the field.
Mr Stephen told the court that watching the scene made him feel “sick”.
The witness called police, who told the court that when they first discovered Lovell lying in the field he was not wearing shorts or a shirt and only tried to pull up his shorts as they walked towards him.
However, in his defence Lovell had told the jury that he was having a nap in the field.
When he woke up, he tried to chase between ten and 12 sheep away from him and had told the police he was “just relaxing”.
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