Man sentenced after filming himself stealing sheep

Man sentenced after filming himself stealing sheep

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A man who filmed himself stealing a sheep before releasing it into a city has been given a community order.

Ali El-Aridi posted the video on Snapchat, including photos and a clip of him chasing the sheep along the banks of the Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire in August last year.

The 23-year-old launched an expletive rant at the animal when he managed to catch it, which he also recorded on his phone, Derbyshire Police said.

He then drove the sheep to his home city of Sheffield and filmed himself releasing it.

The Derbyshire force's rural crime team was alerted by members of the public who witnessed the theft.

Police said the animal had been rescued from the Wincobank area of Sheffield and was reunited with its owner after a day.

Officers searched El-Aridi's phone and found the recordings as well as two extreme pornographic images.

He admitted the theft of the sheep and was found guilty of possession of extreme pornography at Chesterfield Justice Centre.

El-Aridi, of Stubbin Lane, Sheffield, was sentenced to a 12-month community order and must complete 100 hours of unpaid work, as well as paying £620 in costs, the force said.

PC Andy Shaw, from the force's rural crime team, said: "El-Aridi initially denied stealing the sheep but, after we had a look at his phone and found the videos, unsurprisingly the next time we interviewed him his story was somewhat different.

"The sheer disregard for the animal's welfare is plainly evident in El-Aridi's video, and in fact he seemed to care significantly more about the mess it had made to his boot lining.”

PC Shaw said the theft of the sheep was just one of many similar reports of theft police receive.

He said: "Livestock theft is an ongoing problem nationally and one that we take seriously.

"Single animals disappear in cases such as this but we also receive reports of animals being taken on a much larger scale.

"If you have any information relating to livestock thefts please let us know, as this case hopefully proves we will investigate it fully and if we can bring those responsible to justice."

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