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Swedish man accused of sex with sheep
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Swedish man accused of sex with sheep

Published: 20 May 2011 08:49 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 May 2011 08:49 GMT+02:00

A Swedish man in his fifties who was allegedly caught having sex with a sheep near Alingsås in western Sweden denies being guilty of animal cruelty.

In the beginning of June last year a sheep farmer and his wife heard a curious bleating sound from one of the farm’s pastures. When they went to investigate they were shocked to find a man engaged in sexual conduct with one of the ewes.

“This is an unusual case. Earlier it would have been classified as bestiality but nowadays it is seen as cruelty to animals,” Tomas Tell of the police told daily Göteborgsposten (GP).

The witness reports are in themselves not enough to convict the man of cruelty to animals.

Therefore a specialist veterinary surgeon has been called in from the Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) as an expert witness.

“Because there were no visible injuries the prosecutor must be able to prove that the ewe has suffered from the unpleasant event,” Tell told GP.

At the trial the specialist will be heard on the subject of sheep physiology and behaviour. But according to GP, the main issue will be whether the ewe has suffered any lasting distress due to sexual abuse or not.

The farmers will have to testify as to what they witnessed the man do with their grazing livestock and the police officer that apprehended the culprit will also be heard during the trial.

Sex crimes against animals have been reported to be on the rise in Sweden earlier this year with an increase in reported cases of sexual mutilation of horses and other livestock.

The man denies the charges, despite the witnesses' claim to have caught him in the act. If found guilty he could be sentenced to anything from a fine to two years in prison.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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09:22 May 20, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
This should not be considered animal cruelty. The sheep should be questioned may be this was with a mutual understanding and mutual aggrement and if not the sheep should be payed a hundred K in damages
09:30 May 20, 2011 by darky
Sodomy is not a normal act. It seems most of the Swedes have a very high libido. Why are there a lot of sex crimes being reported all the times? The land needs cleansing for sure.
09:34 May 20, 2011 by HYBRED
Sounds like a scorned wife seeking payback.

By chance, was this guy head of the IMF?
09:56 May 20, 2011 by StockholmSam
The important question is, what was the sheep wearing that caused this poor, decent man to lose control?
09:56 May 20, 2011 by Lostaussie
Must be a lot of Kiwis moving to Sweden and looking for home comforts ;)
09:56 May 20, 2011 by jack sprat
From the way it was bleating maybe the sheep was quite enjoying it, in which case how can they do him for animal cruelty ?
09:58 May 20, 2011 by Jes
Strange , but expected .

The question should be about this man`s right to have sex .
10:05 May 20, 2011 by HYBRED
The sheep wonder around on all four's, and not wearing panties. The sheep was asking for it. She wanted it.
10:08 May 20, 2011 by Stickeroo
How do Swedes like they're sheep? In tall grass wearing rubber boots!!!
10:18 May 20, 2011 by Da Goat
What a Baaaaa-d Man, He must have wanted a wooly romp baaaaa-Dleee

yeah from my reading he can't be done for zoophilia (bestiality) so if the sheep does not go to court and complain then it is all hearsay evidence .

maybe they will harken back to the old days and force him to marry the sheep!

my next question is, is he an immigrant from new Zealand or an immigrant from the middle east? (sarcasm) guess we need to find out if wearing gumboots or sandles!
10:23 May 20, 2011 by wolverine2k
oooh.. that was a terrifying experience for the sheep. And what about animal cruelty when the butcher just cuts off the neck? Why do humans have multiple rules for cruelty? Isn't being killed worst then being raped?
10:27 May 20, 2011 by Rishonim
I am happy all these news are getting out so people around the world can see how laughable is the swedish justice system.

Man convicted of sex crimes and the court suggest psychiatric care

Taxi driver abuse female driver and he is allowed to keep his license

Murderers walk away with 2 years in prison and the list continues.

I am beginning to think the stupid laws fit the stupid population. Here in Sweden we would march out to the street to protest for the release of some imprisoned journalist in Eritrea or someone in Burma. Yet, we remain quiet to the travesty of our own justice system.

Calfucurá
10:27 May 20, 2011 by HYBRED
@wolverine2k

"Isn't being killed worst then being raped?"

Try both and let us know your answer.
10:43 May 20, 2011 by byke
Did the sheep speak English with a thick accent?
10:49 May 20, 2011 by andrewsrocks
did he paid?
10:55 May 20, 2011 by rob582
Any Welsh ancestry?
11:23 May 20, 2011 by technoviking
You didn't see how that sheep pranced around... She asked for it. Don't judge.
11:32 May 20, 2011 by djmarko
They should allow the man and the sheep to live happy ever after!!!
12:16 May 20, 2011 by Roy E
Whack job deviates like this are The Local's absolute favorite kind of story .
12:29 May 20, 2011 by johnny1939
Good thing my dog can't talk
12:47 May 20, 2011 by Markus G
I think it is disgusting that this man has been prosecuted. Sweden is a secular society and we must therefore ignore the old testament prohibitions on sex with beasts (Exodus 22:19) and interspecies sex (Leviticus 19:19). It wasn't that long ago that homosexuality was a crime. I guess we now need a new group of people to hate.
12:48 May 20, 2011 by Hong Kong Phooey
I don't blame him. The chicks over here are more interested in the Eurovision than a good sh@gging!
13:08 May 20, 2011 by spy
THIS IS NOT ANIMAL CRUELTY - There is no evidence to show that when a sheep is rammed it feel ewes'd.
13:18 May 20, 2011 by Hong Kong Phooey
The name of a Swedish man in his fifties who was allegedly caught having sex with a sheep name has been revealed as Warren Bleaty.
13:24 May 20, 2011 by underskyofsweden
It's just A BIG SHAME for human being!
13:30 May 20, 2011 by johnny1939
Bestiality (tidelag) was removed from being a crime in Sweden 1944. It makes fun reading though
13:51 May 20, 2011 by J Jack
Those obsessed that Welsh and Kiwis are sheep shaggers obviously have a greater interest in the subject and are just looking for a scapegoat. Especially the Ockers.
14:18 May 20, 2011 by star10
The man gave the sheep one of his most valuable gift. And the sheep looks happy. We should stop discriminating against sheep lovers (as well as gays and lesbians). He should be allowed to marry the sheep and be entitled to adopt orphan sheeps.
14:38 May 20, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
There should be a pride parade in August where sheeps and men can march in the streets with pride for who they are.

There should be social dating site for men and sheeps who shares the same lifestyle.

There should be organizations of sheeps fighting for the rights of men in other countries.
14:41 May 20, 2011 by eovti
What's the age of consent for sheep in Sweden? She was probably asking for it, anyway, walking around with no clothes on.
14:47 May 20, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
posing for a doggy style and no panties on, she should be charged for seducing an elderly man, the fatherly figure in the farm.

I wonder if they had any foreplay?
14:54 May 20, 2011 by bcterry
If the ewe was just sheared, she was asking for it

"Ewes who were raped had incited men's lust by dressing immodestly and only have themselves to blame."
15:08 May 20, 2011 by Swedesmith
Was she a young sheep or pasture prime?
15:19 May 20, 2011 by MarshaLynn
Ah, so he's not being charged with bestiality, but rather with cruelty to an animal? I notice in your ads on the right-hand side of this page, there is a photo of two women kissing (not the Facebook ad, which is also just as bad). OK, here are some facts of life that the liberal mind does not like and so pushes them out of his consciousness: If you open the door to alternative sexuality, many things are going to come in that door. Why? Because the door is OPEN !!!! So get ready for an explosion of bestiality. And then after that, sex with children will begin to be "normalized." Yes, it will. You are a stupid fool if you think otherwise. But then, I do think the mindset of liberals is stupid and foolish -- I mean that literally. Your way of thinking runs contrary to common sense. I hope you realize that after society slides into total decadence, the world will not be fit to live in. If you want a remedy, it is this: Return to the model of traditional marriage and family -- healthy heterosexual marriages -- monogamy within marriage -- no living together without marriage -- no approval of singles having sex with this one and that one and that one over there -- raise children in healthy homes where mom and dad love one another and their children and are not abusive. Learn the meaning of the words HONOR, INTEGRITY, FAITHFULNESS, HIGH IDEALS, PERSONAL SACRIFICE, DUTY, OBLIGATION, etc. Those are not words in the liberal vocabulary, because liberalism is based on irresponsibility and narcissism. It's about "I want what I want and I want it now."
15:22 May 20, 2011 by ghhugh
My educated guess would be that the man in question is a city folk and he thought that such action was considered consenual and legal with farm animals.

He needs some shock therapy. He should be made to pursue a Badger and attempt to engage the animal.
15:32 May 20, 2011 by zoroastrina
This was an cat of utter desperation. The poor guy must have been as hard up as DSK. MarshaLynn's drivel sounds like religious fascism. This was probably cosensual sex involving mutual attraction. Was the sheep a disguised hotel chambermaid wearing a micro-skirt exposing its voluptuous sexuality.

"I notice in your ads on the right-hand side of this page, there is a photo of two women kissing (not the Facebook ad, which is also just as bad). OK, here are some facts of life that the liberal mind does not like and so pushes them out of his consciousness." What a fanatical nut! The Inqusition needs fanatics like Marshal Lynn who would probably like to set up a religious dictatorship à la the Sharia. "Facts of life." What does a submoron know about the naturalistic fallacy? Nothing whatever.His drivel reflects a half-educated mindset.
15:52 May 20, 2011 by MarshaLynn
Hey, zoroastrina, how about we engage in a fact-based debate? Calling me names does not prove your point. Do you have some facts to back up your ideas? Tell us why opening the door to alternative sexuality will not eventually permit all kinds of sexuality. Explain your logic. Tells us why the model of healthy traditional marriage is NOT what is healthiest for society. Tell us why it is a good, wise, and healthy thing for society to encourage the practice of free sex and homosexuality. Because I can tell you why it's NOT. I encounter this all the time -- liberals who do not have fact-based counter arguments, but rather just engage in namecalling.
16:08 May 20, 2011 by bcterry
"If you open the door to alternative sexuality, many things are going to come in that door. Why? Because the door is OPEN !!!! So get ready for an explosion of bestiality. And then after that, sex with children will begin to be "normalized." Yes, it will. You are a stupid fool if you think otherwise. But then, I do think the mindset of liberals is stupid and foolish -- I mean that literally. Your way of thinking runs contrary to common sense. I hope you realize that after society slides into total decadence, the world will not be fit to live in. If you want a remedy, it is this: Return to the model of traditional marriage and family -- healthy heterosexual marriages"

I'm not gay, but i would assume that those who are do not feel that there is any alternative to what they consider their healthy natural sexuality.

The exact same thing that you and i feel about our healthy natural sexuality.
17:41 May 20, 2011 by Essjay
Should hold the guy down and let the ram have him or would the ram be charged with abusing human rights instead of sexual misconduct .

Only on the local can a news feature like this turn into a political , religious debate

Cannot believe it but a miserable sheep shagger has triggered the Trolls !
17:52 May 20, 2011 by jbkulp
This reminds me of the guy who was in front of a judge for necrophilia. He said he was innocent because he thought she was British. The guy should be sentenced to having to eat haggis 3 times a day for life. The punishment should fit the crime.
18:35 May 20, 2011 by Tanskalainen
In Denmark this guy would not be guilty of any crime except trespassing. Unfortunately that is the way Danish law works.
20:00 May 20, 2011 by Flygger
Not quite sure why most posters think this is so funny..

Call me a bit conservative but that guy should have a loaded bolt gun put to his head and then the trigger pulled. Nasty, dirty perverted SOB !!

Best thing is to get rid of that sort of filth before they get bored and move onto kiddies. Perhaps those self same idiots who thought this miscreants activities were fun might stop laughing. The guy is mental confirmed. If he is so whacky get him to entertain your kids whilst you go out for the evening.
20:29 May 20, 2011 by Haubits77B
It is legal to have sex with animals in Sweden as long as you do not hurt the animal! It became legal at the same time as homosexuality became legael i Sweden. And this seems okey for me: I am a proud REAL Swede, and I don´t find any diffrence between goat-idiots and gays: both should be classifides as crminals!
21:09 May 20, 2011 by tomas R
I think that it is some kind of illness having a sex with animal. The normal standard sex is between one man and one woman. The other kinds of sex is unnormal (illness). It is my opinion.

Tomas (Lithuania)
22:02 May 20, 2011 by andthenme
how about if it would happen the other way around?
22:54 May 20, 2011 by muscle
ok..so first women, but they were not enough, guys went for guys. i guess that too became too easy and didnt give any pleasure. now sheeps?.. whats next? having s3x with chickens????
23:27 May 20, 2011 by cookiemaster
This news is totally related to "Man convicted for sex crimes against 13 girls"(13 teenage girls were subjected to his state of mindlessness before one was finally arrested and I wonder NOT why so many even through victims were compensated financially as written..they will become regulator dependands on those who looked the other during crimes and much more)...seems like in Sweden, increasing numbers of psychiatrists have reverse effect on people's mental health(these are all new phenomenas) ....what or who is next per greater liberal /communist / corrupt labor party issues(lucrative careers) !!?
00:00 May 21, 2011 by khurram.k
he could masturbate ??? cant he ??? why innocent animals ?? lol
00:05 May 21, 2011 by maxbrando
Reminds me of the boys in Brokeback Mountain and their weekly shopping list:

>

> WEEK ONE

> * Beans

> * Bacon

> * Coffee

> * Whiskey

>

> WEEK TWO

> * Beans

> * Ham

> * Coffee

> * Whiskey

>

> WEEK THREE

> * Beans al fresco

> * Thin-sliced Bacon

> * Hazelnut Coffee

> * Sky vodka

> * Tanqueray gin

> * K-Y gel

>

> WEEK FOUR

> * Beans en sallade

> * Pancetta

> * Grey poupon

> * Coffee (espresso grind)

> * 5-6 bottles best Chardonnay

> * 2 tubes K-Y gel

>

> WEEK FIVE

> * Fresh Fava beans

> * Jasmine rice

> * Prosciuto, approx. 8 ounces, thinly sliced

> * Medallions of veal

> * Porcini mushrooms

> * 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream

> * 1 Cub Scout uniform, size 42 long

> * 5-6 bottles French Bordeaux (Estate Reserve)

> * 1 extra large bottle Astro-glide

> * 2 Vermont Bears

>

> WEEK SIX

> * Yukon Gold potatoes

> * Heavy whipping cream

> * Asparagus (fresh, very thin)

> * Organic Eggs

> * Spanish Lemons

> * Gruyere cheese (well aged)

> * Crushed Walnuts

> * Arugula

> * Clarified Butter

> * Extra Virgin Olive oil

> * Pure Balsamic vinegar

> * 6 yards white silk organdy

> * 6 yards pale ivory taffeta

> * 3 Cases of Dom Perignon Masters Reserve

> * Large tin Crisco

>
03:04 May 21, 2011 by laura ka baal
Then only the babies coming out from sheep can be named as Sheepson.

100%äkta svensk.
03:25 May 21, 2011 by alphamale
Used to live in Las Vegas, Nev. USA. Had similar happen there to a sheep named Lucy. As I remember it wasn't rape but coitus interruptus that troubled Lucy the most. She (Lucy) had friends post in the Review Journal that "All is forgiven, please come back. signed Lucy" Lucy lived to a ripe old but lonely age.
03:55 May 21, 2011 by Smartone
Shame on blonde, blue eyed chicks LOL :D Poor sheep :(
07:09 May 21, 2011 by volvoman9
I think the most compelling thing about this article is all the commentary it generated. Obviously a fascinating topic.
08:29 May 21, 2011 by HYBRED
I wonder what the reation would be if it was the wife having sex with a ram. In Copenhagen they still have the shows with a woman and pony, but yet not a man and a mare. Seems to be a lot of sexism going on here.
10:15 May 21, 2011 by P.Sturm
I didn't know Julian Assange was back in Sweden wandering around pastures.
10:34 May 21, 2011 by luke123
As long as he didn't pay the sheep, there should be no problem.
12:11 May 21, 2011 by Marc the Texan
I think making this a crime against someone's private property would be a better charge than animal cruelty. There seems to be debate over the animal cruelty, but use or trespass of private property is indisputable.
13:29 May 21, 2011 by titousmum
this article and the comments have given me more laughs than I've had in a long while! Kudos- to the Local for a great article.

Never mind my Swedish husband thinks that at times you guys make the Swedes appear a bit uhhhh...not exactly like the "stellar beings of human perfection " that they like to think of themselves as. ( 2 years for screwing a sheep- if she complains and 6 years for raping a hot chick on the street- well,because she was hot)

Tell it like it is ,guys! This is a helluv an article!

thanks the Local!!!
14:23 May 21, 2011 by ghhugh
I would bet five Kroner that the many in question has had dreams of repeating the Dolly experiment with his own input.
20:30 May 21, 2011 by wenddiver
No you khow why Donner KaBob is cheap, it's a multi-use item.
23:43 May 21, 2011 by infidel2012
Hey, Sheep don't tell...

But on the other hand, they can't wash dishes, do the laundry or cook...

...wait a minute,,, they can however be cooked, um yummy : )
12:35 May 22, 2011 by andyron2
what if the ewe gets pregnant?

do the DNA tests i say.
12:36 May 22, 2011 by johnny1939
I have read that it is considered good luck for fishermen to have sex w/ dolphins. How it is done I have no idea. Dolphins are powerful animals and can kill you. So maybe the good luck is to have survived sex w/ one. I read in the Times many years ago about an individual that had been caught and arrested for having sex w/ a dolphin but I don't real the outcome of this story. So it seems that it does happen.
00:49 May 23, 2011 by Markus G
To Marsha Lynn. I think we need to leave the kind of religious sexuality (i.e. one man, one woman for life) behind. It is not realistic evidenced by the large number of divorces in many countries (both Sweden and the USA are said to have divorce rates of more than 50%). People should not be forced into making promises (i.e. vows) they cannot keep.

"If you open the door to alternative sexuality, many things are going to come in that door." - yes, and that is a good thing. If people want to have sex with animals and no one is harmed, so be it. We should not be allowing the government to control what people do just because certain other people are disgusted by it. It simply should not be a matter for legislation.
01:27 May 23, 2011 by Manuel B
Marsha Lynn : You are right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If they say that people have the right to choose,then,people will choose anything,because they are being given such a right.

It's not possible for any society to function without limits .There must have limits for everything .Sex is between a man and a woman and within a legal and legitimate framework that is marriage./
11:06 May 23, 2011 by VultureSausage
@MarshaLynn

While I agree with your conclusions that different kinds of sexuality will become commonly accepted, I fail to see the problem. You claim to have proof as to why this would be a negative change and yet all you've said is that "it's bad because you say it is". You also seemingly do not understand that things such as moral and what is right is subjective terms. Merely claiming that you can somehow prove that every kind of sexuality except that between a man and a woman is wrong won't do, you'll have to actually provide evidence supporting your cause.
05:17 May 24, 2011 by CowboyUp
It was dark ...I thought it was Stevie Nix...and her sister.

Seriously, anybody that would take advantage of a dumb beast that way, would take advantage of a woman or child under their power if they thought they could get away with it.
16:08 May 24, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Sweden, I'm worried about ewe.
20:48 May 24, 2011 by Swedesmith
He was re-inacting a scene from Rameo and Ewe-e-et
22:13 May 24, 2011 by Tanskalainen
He gets his hair cut at the baa baa shop.
13:49 May 25, 2011 by nolikegohome
here is a similat story from 2007 happened in the Sudan link provided from BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/6623895.stm

maybe this chap shoul be made to marry the goat. lol

cheers
00:32 May 26, 2011 by Steggles
Was the sheep in Ewe-niform?
09:27 May 26, 2011 by myinnermagpie
The problem is the law that does not allow eye-witness accounts to be sufficient basis for an arrest in this case of animal cruelty. Since we cannot currently determine the degree of distress of a sheep barring evidence of physical damage an effective law would have to be more black and white. It is either animal cruelty or not, or is tampering with another person's property or not.

The question of having sex with animals is a social question and perhaps the basis of another set of laws. I don't really care if someone wants to have sex with an animal but I do care if it hurts or injures the animal.

Do sheep carry veneral diseases? Imagine explaining that to your health clinic.
16:17 May 26, 2011 by Tanskalainen
@myinnermagpie Sheep can carry gonorrhea.
09:27 May 29, 2011 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Poor animal, are there no local hookers ? Oh I forgot even that is illegal in Sweden thanks to Queen Gudrun....
02:02 May 30, 2011 by Da Goat
ewe rammy baaaa-s-ted
15:35 June 10, 2011 by Miltech
It really disgust and shocks me not only that a person can rape a sheep or any voiceless victim, but these nasty idiots leaving sick comments are just has bad as the sheep rapist. Raping animals in my strong opinion is has bad has raping a child or human! Why? Because they animals are voiceless victims and they are unable to express in words the horror of such an experience.

To all you idiots that have left these nasty, cold and sick comments I hope you are proud of your sick stupid selves, you sick sex criminals....

Animals have a right to be here as much as humans do and it is every decent law maker and decent citizens duty to protect animals as it is to protect the young, weak, disabled and old people. And animals have rights to!
16:53 June 17, 2011 by jacksonjerry
What was his name?
15:49 January 8, 2012 by janeway
78 comments (+ mine) on this issue and the only one I can agree with is this:

"15:35 June 10, 2011 by Miltech

It really disgust and shocks me not only that a person can rape a sheep or any voiceless victim, but these nasty idiots leaving sick comments are just has bad as the sheep rapist. Raping animals in my strong opinion is has bad has raping a child or human! Why? Because they animals are voiceless victims and they are unable to express in words the horror of such an experience.

To all you idiots that have left these nasty, cold and sick comments I hope you are proud of your sick stupid selves, you sick sex criminals....

Animals have a right to be here as much as humans do and it is every decent law maker and decent citizens duty to protect animals as it is to protect the young, weak, disabled and old people. And animals have rights to! "

The rest of you are disgusting and I wonder if the victim also asked for it if it had been your daughter, sister, mother, wife, etc. I think not! Since the majority of posters on this subject seems to enjoy bestiality, I can tell you this fact: People engaging in sex with animals are more likely to rape children than others. Paedophilians will get a jail sentence, animal rapers will get a fine.
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"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

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