The trial of an IT worker accused of bestiality was briefly halted after a judge was forced to reprimand some members of the jury for laughing.
“I well understand that there are aspects of it that are unusual and amusing,” Judge James Patrick said. “If you can try to get over your laughter over lunch that would be great.”
61-year-old Paul Lovell was committing sexual acts with a cow and sheep near Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground in North London when a nearby couple on a picnic reported him.
The couple was enjoying their meal when they saw Lovell lying on the ground with his shorts off. Then, he approached a cow and tried to place his genitals inside the animal’s mouth.
“He did not successfully penetrate the mouth of a cow,” Prosecutor Robert Hutchinson said. “He then moved on to another part of the field and tried his luck with some sheep.”
Jury members seemed unable to control their laughter when Patrick asked a witness to demonstrate what Lovell was doing to the sheep. Patrick added that the witness would be assured that there were no sheep in court.
Lovell was charged with outraging public decency, including fellatio with a cow, which he denies.