‘Depraved’ man, 37, who had sex with his pet chickens in a basement while his WIFE filmed – causing them to die as a result – has his three-year jail term cut by eight months on appeal
- Footage of Rehan Baig, 37, having sex with the birds which died in the process was filmed by wife Haleema and found in their computer under ‘Family vids’
- He was jailed for three years in 2020 after admitting offences including making indecent photographs of children and having intercourse with an animal
- Two judges at the Court of Appeal in London today concluded his original term was too long as they reduced it to two years and four months
A “depraved” man who had sex with his pet chickens while his wife filmed him has had his jail term reduced on appeal.
Footage of Rehan Baig having sex with the birds – which died as a result – was found on computer equipment seized from his home in Bradford, West Yorkshire, along with indecent images of children.
Baig, 37, was jailed for three years at Bradford Crown Court last October after admitting a string of offences including having intercourse with an animal, possessing extreme pornographic images and making indecent photographs of children.
His sentence was cut to two years and four months at the Court of Appeal in London today after two senior judges concluded the original term was too long.
‘Depraved’ Rehan Baig’s was previously sentenced to three years in prison but today it was reduced at the Court of Appeal in London
His lawyers argued that his jail term should be suspended so he could be freed immediately from prison.
But Sir Roderick Evans, who heard Baig’s appeal with another judge, said: “We are satisfied that a significant and immediate term of custody was necessary.”
Baig’s sick crimes were discovered when National Crime Agency officers executed a search warrant at the family home in July 2019, after receiving intelligence he had indecent images of children.
Computer equipment was seized from the house and 49 indecent images of children were found – including 11 in the most serious category, some of which featured children as young as six.
Baig, pictured arriving at Bradford Crown Court before his case was heard, saved the depraved videos of himself having sex with the alive and dead birds on his home computer
Officers also found a “significant” quantity of extreme pornographic images, including a number of “first-generation, homemade movies” featuring Baig, and occasionally his wife Haleema Baig, 38, engaging in sexual activity with animals and saved under the file name “Family Vids”.
Some of the images featured the couple engaging in sex acts with a dog, while others “of some duration in length” were of Baig performing intercourse with chickens and also, on occasion, with his wife, who filmed some of the footage on a mobile phone.
Sentencing the couple in October, Judge Richard Mansell QC said the acts “would make any right-thinking member of society sick to their stomach”.
The judge described Baig’s offending as “depraved, perverted and despicable” and said the creation of the videos was “simply beyond comprehension”.
The Crown Court heard that the images showed two of the chickens dead on the cellar floor and another video showed Baig placing one of the deceased animals in a bin bag. He was also filmed having intercourse with a chicken that had already died.
Judge Richard Mansell QC described Baig’s offending as “depraved, perverted and despicable (stock image)
Bradford Crown Court heard that Haleema Baig joined her husband in the videos and that he at one stage alternated between having intercourse with his wife and the chickens.
Judge Mansell said: “The pain and suffering you inflicted on these animals must have been horrific.”
Prosecutors said the chickens started as family pets and they all died as a consequence of Baig’s actions.
Baig admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, three counts of possession of extreme pornography, three counts of sexual intercourse with an animal and two counts of possession of controlled drugs.
He was banned from keeping animals and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.
His wife was handed a six-month suspended sentence after she admitted aiding and abetting sexual intercourse with an animal, which she said was against a background of coercive and controlling behaviour by her husband.
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