Suspended jail term for bestiality
16 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Animal rights group Gaia reacted with "shock" on Thursday to the suspended sentenced handed down on a 36-year-old man convicted of having sex with dogs.
16 February 2006
BRUSSELS — Animal rights group Gaia reacted with "shock" on Thursday to the suspended sentenced handed down on a 36-year-old man convicted of having sex with dogs.
Gaia spokesman Michel Vandenbossche said the man's acquittal of animal abuse was a scandal. The animal rights group will appeal the ruling, he said.
Tongeren Court sentenced the man, of the Flemish city of Genk, to a three-month jail term and a EUR 500 fine after finding him guilty on allegations he had sex with dogs.
But given the fact he did not have a criminal record, the judge suspended the sentence for three years on condition that the man undergo psychiatric treatment.
The man was acquitted of breaking laws banning animal abuse "because he never had the intention to injure the animals, inflict pain or place them under stress".
However, the court convicted him on allegations of publicly violating morals because he spread thousands of photos of the bestiality via the internet. The man used the alias of Freki on the internet.
The crimes were committed between 1997 and 1999 when the man worked as a volunteer at the animal shelter in Genk.
The bestiality was came to light after animal rights organisation Gaia lodged a complaint of animal abuse with the Brussels public prosecution office.
Gaia was awarded symbolic compensation of EUR 1 in Thursday's court ruling.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news