Man wins appeal after shooting ex's horse

  • 20/02/2016
Man wins appeal after shooting ex's horse

By Paul Purcell

A jealous ex-boyfriend has won an appeal to overturn his sentence for shooting his former partner's prized horse after catching her in bed with another man.

Ryan Finlinson was previously sentenced to 28 months imprisonment when he pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend's horse after visiting her home to pick up some of his personal belongings.

While there, he found the woman in bed with another man who he knew.

After pushing the other man against a wall as he was trying to leave, Finlinson went out to a nearby paddock with a gun and shot a horse that the woman had been working up for equestrian competitions.

"This was a horse she was emotionally attached to," Justice Gerard Nation said.

In his appeal, Finlinson argued the starting point that the initial judge had adopted was too high and the ultimate sentence was manifestly excessive.

Justice Nation agreed and while he accepted that Finlinson had set out to cause his former partner as much emotional pain as possible, he believed he was genuinely remorseful and the sentence was too harsh.

His initial sentence was overturned and replaced with eight months home detention along with reparations of $10,000 for the horse's death.

He had already served two months in jail.

NZN