A man caught trying to have s*x with a COW and a SHEEP in a field was spared jail today.
A couple having a romantic picnic told how they witnessed Paul Lovell, 61 – unclad except for his socks and swigging from a can of lager – trying to get a cow to perform a s*x act on him.
When the bemused cow wandered off he turned his attentions to a flock of sheep.
He was found guilty of outraging decency by trying to commit s*xual acts with animals in public places after a trial earlier this year, but was handed a suspended sentence today.
During the case, horrified witness Lawrence Stephen, 23, told the court: “He seemed like he was very comfortable with what he was doing – as if it was normal.
“He was trying to thrust his waist towards the cows and using his hands to get the cow’s mouth towards his crotch.
“I can’t remember him forcing the cow – he wasn’t actually grabbing the cow, but he was trying what he could.”
The cows wandered off into the next field, leaving Lovell to walk over towards some sheep, clutching a can of Skol and a Sainsbury’s carrier bag with his clothes in, the court heard. The bag also contained an adult nappy.
The couple then said Lovell tried to have s*x with one sheep from behind.
“I don’t know what he was trying to do but it seems he was trying to get some sort of s*xual act performed from sheep,’ Mr Stephen said.
“I felt sick for what was happening, it sort of disturbed me. I felt worried about him. Also it is not right to do that to animals, you know?”
Looking visibly shaken, Mr Stephen’s girlfriend Natasha Brennan, also 23, told the court that she was “horrified” by the disturbing acts.
She added: “It was quite bizarre. I don’t think that was normal behaviour.”
The incident happened in a field next to Tottenham Hotspur’s new training ground near Archers Wood, near Edmonton, North London.
Lovell said he had been sleeping and the suggestion that he had thrust himself against sheep was “completely ridiculous”.
He told the court: “The only time that I saw the sheep was when I woke up… I was surrounded by sheep about two metres away, about 10-12 sheep, something like that.
“I don’t particularly like animals hanging around me when I am sleeping so I sat up and sort of clapped my hands a bit but they didn’t take much notice of that so I stood up briefly and stamped my feet on the ground and clapped my hands again.
“I can understand that somebody from a long distance away would have wondered what was happening when I was trying to chase the sheep away from my location.”
But police claimed when they arrived Lovell had his shorts down, and prosecutor Richard Hutchinson insisted Lovell was “interested sexually” in the farmyard animals.
Lovell, of Enfield, North London, was found guilty of outraging decency by trying to commit s*xual acts with animals in public places in January.
Jurors laughed when they heard the details of the case, and were told to get over their giggling fit by Judge James Patrick.
Handing him a four-month custodial sentence suspended for 18 months today, Judge Patrick told him: “This is a case which as far as I am concerned is unique.”