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A Scottish man has been given a jail sentence after being found guilty of feeding meat to a police horse.

Francis Kelly had previously said that the horses - who, with two officers, were on patrol on a footpath between Victoria Road and Pollokshaws Road in Govanhill, Glasgow - "looked hungry", before changing his story and claiming that he was petting the horses when one of them snatched his lunch.

"You don't see horses every day in Govanhill. I was just happy to see them," he had claimed, before saying he had merely stopped to give the horses "a wee clap" when one of them took a bite from his lunch.

His lawyer Martin Lavery explained that Kelly was heading to a Job Centre at the time of the incident and added: "You bought the sausage roll for your lunch, you didn't buy the sausage roll to give it to a horse. So did the horse, in effect, steal your lunch?"

His client replied: "It did, aye."

During the trial at Glasgow Justice of the Peace Court earlier today (February 8), the mounted police officers testified that they had warned Kelly to stop trying to feed the horses the "meat-based product" because the animals were vegetarian.

PC Stewart Coulter told the court that Kelly repeatedly ignored his instructions and instead stated, "I will feed them what I want".

Justice of the Peace Eleanor Lafferty found Kelly guilty of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, shouting and swearing and adopting an aggressive stance towards Coulter and his colleague PC Victoria McEwan.

Kelly - who is currently in prison serving an eight-month sentence for driving without a licence - was fined £200 for his actions, but as he is unable to pay the fee, he will instead serve the alternative sentence: a further seven days in prison.

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