Thursday 27th May 2010
Gray has added two months to his custodial sentence for breaking
his bail conditions after absconding from court.
Following his arrest on Wednesday 26th May 2010 Gray was re-sentenced during a short hearing at Aylesbury Crown today, he will now serve eight months in prison.
RSPCA chief inspector Rob Skinner said:
“I’m pleased the police tracked Gray down and that he is now serving a sentence which reflects the severity of the cruelty suffered by so many horses, ponies and donkeys.
“This investigation has been one of our biggest ever and has so far cost the RSPCA more than £2.3million, including veterinary treatment and care of the rescued horses. It is thanks to the RSPCA’s hard work and expertise that this case has been successfully brought to court.”
Police arrested Gray at 10.35am on Wednesday 26 May 2010 between junctions 4a and 5 on the northbound carriageway of the M5 near Bromsgrove during a random spot check.
Gray (46) absconded from Aylesbury Crown Court on Wednesday 12 May 2010 as both he and his family were hearing their appeal against sentence for animal welfare offences.
After breaking to consider the sentences, the court reconvened in the afternoon. It was then that court staff realised James Gray was missing.