An English woman who refused to go to bed with her ex-husband was shocked to find him having sex with her dog soon afterwards, a jury heard today.

Kelly Thacker could not believe her eyes when she went upstairs to her bedroom and saw her naked ex husband Nicholas Saunders trying to penetrate her bull mastiff Sasha, it was alleged.

“Ms Thacker just couldn’t believe what she was seeing to start off with so she looked away and then looked again,” said prosecutor Frank Abbott at Gloucester crown court.

Mr Abbott said that by that stage Mr Saunders was having full sexual intercourse with the dog.

Ms Thacker ordered Mr Saunders ‘in no uncertain terms’ to leave the house, Mr Abbott said.

At first Saunders protested that he was tired and wanted to stay but eventually he did leave – although he later returned saying he wanted to talk to her.

Mr Abbott said Saunders, 46, of Bell Lane, Lechlade, Glos, had been at her house that night because he had called on her after being thrown out by his new girlfriend following a row.

Ms Thacker agreed to let him stay the night – but made it plain she would not be having sex with him and went downstairs, leaving him in her bedroom, Mr Abbott said.

The couple’s two daughters were asleep in their rooms in the house at the time.

When Saunders was arrested after she found him having sex with Sasha he agreed to give an intimate sample and dog’s DNA was found, added Mr Abbott.

Mr Saunders has pleaded not guilty to having sex with a female dog on Jan 15th last year. Mr Abbott told the jury of seven women and five men at the start of the trial that they must not let feelings of revulsion or amusement about the case affect their judgement.

“This is a fairly rare occurrence – it’s like the world turned around when we find ourselves in a crown court listening to, and contemplating, an allegation of a man having sexual intercourse with a dog,” said Mr Abbott. “It is not only something unusual but it is also something which you might find repulsive.”

“But one cannot blind oneself to the possibility that we might from time to time also find it something which makes a small chuckle come to us because it is unusual and in a way so unnatural. It is something which of course is wrong and criminal to all right thinking people.

“You must not in any way be influenced by being offended and you must not have any sympathy one way or another for the persons giving evidence , or indeed the defendant. We have to keep our feet on the ground and at all times remain composed and careful about listening to the evidence.”

The trial continues.

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