Doncaster man accused of having sex with pony didn’t know how animal porn got on to his mobile phone, jury told

Picture shows Alan Barnfield, 44, arriving at Sheffield Crown Court. See copy RPYPONY: A 'sexual deviant' had intercourse with a Shetland pony called Sky in a the dead of night, a court heard. Alan Barnfield, aged 44, was found 'sweating profusely and smelled strongly of horses' when he was spoken to by police officers at Oak Tree Stables on Rakes Lane, Loversall, Doncaster.''Tom Maddick/ Rossparry.co.uk
Picture shows Alan Barnfield, 44, arriving at Sheffield Crown Court. See copy RPYPONY: A 'sexual deviant' had intercourse with a Shetland pony called Sky in a the dead of night, a court heard. Alan Barnfield, aged 44, was found 'sweating profusely and smelled strongly of horses' when he was spoken to by police officers at Oak Tree Stables on Rakes Lane, Loversall, Doncaster.''Tom Maddick/ Rossparry.co.uk

A man accused of having sex with a Shetland pony told police he had never had intercourse with any animal and didn’t know how bestiality images and films got on his mobile phones.

Alan Barnfield, aged 44, denies having intercourse with the pony called Sky at a farm in Doncaster in the middle of the night.

Barnfield has been described as a ‘sexual deviant’ who ‘had an interest in animals - in particular horses’.

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court were given graphic descriptions of the films and photos found on Barnfield’s two phones.

They included adult females having intercourse with and performing sex acts on horses and dogs.

Barnfield, of Hexthorpe Lane, Hexthorpe, Doncaster, has since admitted possessing ‘extreme pornographic material’.

When first arrested, he told officers he didn’t know how the images got there as he’d only just bought his phones from a second hand shop.

Asked if he’d ever had sex with a horse, he said ‘no’.

He also denied having a sexual interest in animals.

He said on August 8 2012 he had been for a walk and seen two horses in the field at Oak Tree Stables on Rakes Lane, Loversall, Doncaster.

Barnfield said he fed the larger of the two with grass and tried to feed the Shetland pony but it ‘wasn’t interested’.

He denied entering the field and said he washed his clothes because he had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and laundered them daily.

Shop worker Martin Critchley who works at CeX, where Barnfield bought his mobile phones also gave evidence.

He said handsets were wiped of images, contacts and videos and factory settings were restored before the phones were sold.

Forensic scientist Victoria Moore said intimate swabs taken from the defendant tested positive for equine DNA but agreed it could have been transferred after he stroked Sky.

The trial continues.