Warrant out for Spindle Farm dealer

By: Horse Deals

Warrant out for Spindle Farm dealer
Warrant out for Spindle Farm dealer
An arrest warrant has been issued after horse trader James Gray absconded from court. Mr Gray had been at Aylesbury Crown Court as both he and his family were hearing their appeal against sentence.

After breaking to consider the sentences, the court reconvened and it was then that staff realised James Gray was missing, leaving his family to hear their own verdicts.
He was sentenced in his absence to a six-month term (26 weeks) in prison for cruelty to more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys.

James Gray Junior (17) has to complete a 18-month supervision order and is banned from keeping equines for 10 years.

Gray’s wife Julie and daughters Jodie and Cordelia were also unsuccessful in their appeals. They will each have to complete 150 hours of community service and are banned from keeping equines for 10 years¹.

A further decision on costs is to be heard at a later date.

Recorder of Aylesbury, Christopher Tyrer said: "The court has listened to a horrendous case of animal cruelty. It is the worst case experienced by the RSPCA on a scale which beggars belief. The RSPCA faced a calamity of huge proportions - they were neglected, starved, emaciated and living in squalor and the horses were hungry, thirsty dejected and miserable. The business of which you were all party to was concerned only with profit. Animal welfare did not figure at all and you have shown no remorse."

RSPCA inspector Kirsty Hampton, who was commended by the judge in investigating the case, said: "I’m pleased that the severity of the cruelty suffered by so many horses, ponies and donkeys has been reflected in the sentences the Gray family received.

"This investigation has been one of our biggest ever and has so far cost the RSPCA more than £1million, including veterinary treatment and care of the rescued horses. It is thanks to the RSPCA’s hard work and expertise that this case has successfully been brought to court.

"I would like to thank the Horse Trust, Redwings and World Horse