A HEREFORDSHIRE man will be sentenced next month after admitting hitting a horse with a hammer. 

Scott David Manson entered a guilty plea to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal when he appeared before magistrates in Cheltenham in a case brought by the RSPCA in February.


The court heard from the prosecutor that the 33-year-old had caused unnecessary suffering to a male grey Arab horse in Churchdown, Gloucestershire, on April 1 last year.

Hereford Times:

Magistrates heard Manson, who was represented at the hearing by solicitor Synthia McFarlane, had caused unnecessary suffering to the horse by hitting its legs with a hammer, which he knew or ought reasonably to have known would have that effect or be likely to do so.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentencing report to be carried out by the probation service and Manson, of Bridstow, Ross-on-Wye, was released on unconditional bail.

He will appear before magistrates in Cheltenham for sentencing on March 20.

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