Notorious Equine Fetishist Caught Masturbating To Horses Twice In 24 Hours

Police say Malcolm Downes said he was “feeling sexy” and he has a “long, long history” of pleasuring himself in the presence of livestock.

April 10, 2019

Photo by: Mug shot of Malcolm Downes [Humberside Police]

Mug shot of Malcolm Downes [Humberside Police]

By: Mike McPadden

HULL, ENGLAND — A man with a “long, long history” of masturbating in the vicinity of horses was arrested twice for committing his signature crime in one 24-hour period in February, and has now been jailed for eight months.

Malcolm Downes, 61, who had gone behind bars in 2016 for pleasuring himself near livestock, was spotted doing it again on February 18 in England’s Bude Park area. He was arrested and stood trial recently, where he got a sentence of eight months.

At first, police said, witnesses thought Downes urinating. However, Prosecutor Neil Coxon told Hull Crown Court: "It soon became clear he was in fact masturbating. This activity went on for three or four minutes. His penis was exposed for about ten minutes.

According to arrest records, Downes told investigators, “I was sitting on a bench. I was feeling sexy so I started to [touch myself]."

Downes reportedly also said he knew what he did was “wrong” and he asked for assistance to address his peculiar predilection.

Coxon told the court, “He said he got a thrill even though he knew it was wrong. He accepted if children had been in the area and seen what he was doing that would have frightened them. He accepted he had a problem and required help."

During the proceeding, Downes’ defense attorney Stephen Robinson said, “He can't really explain it. He said he felt he was starting to conquer his demons. He believes this was some sort of lapse he can't explain. He is, he insists, very sorry for his actions.”

Still, Judge David Tremberg took Downes’ previous record into consideration, including what the prosecution described as his “long, long history” of masturbating near horses.

Downes has been arrested 35 times, 12 times for masturbating near horses, and nine times for violating a restraining order that banned him “from entering any field or stable, or any other area that contains equine animals, in the Humberside Police area.”

Judge Tremberg sentenced Downes to eight months in jail and said, “You know you are doing wrong but you appear either unable or unwilling to stop yourself."

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