Man found guilty of animal cruelty to pregnant cow

The three men involved were sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court to a total of 13 years in prison

The three men involved were sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court to a total of 13 years in prison - Credit: Archant

A MAN has been found guilty of an animal cruelty offence after a digger was used to drag a new born calf from its mother.

Dino Cheleman, 48, of Church Farm in Ardeley, near Stevenage, was found guilty on Friday of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal – a red poll heifer breed of cow – which was giving birth to a calf at the farm in March 2012.

Cheleman used a JCB vehicle to drag the calf from its mother at the farm, which is open to the public seven days a week.

Co-defendant Alex Steele, 38, of Lonsdale Road, Stevenage, was found not guilty of the same offence.

A charge of failing to stop the act against Tim Waygood, 46, also of Church Farm, Ardeley, was dropped prior to the four-day trial, which was heard at Hertford Magistrates’ Court.


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Cheleman is due to be sentenced at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on June 10.

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