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Stable worker stole former racehorse

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 October 2011

Kay Fowler who admitted stealing an ex-race horse

Kay Fowler who admitted stealing an ex-race horse

A RACEHORSE industry worker has been fined and ordered to pay compensation after she sold an ex-racehorse which belonged to her former employer.

Kay Fowler, 27, formerly of High Street, Newmarket, appeared before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

She admitted stealing the horse, called Bill Bennett, which belonged to Sylvia Jay, between July and September last year.

The court heard how Fowler and Ms Jay had entered into a lease agreement over the horse, which would allow Fowler to care for and ride the horse, but it would remain Ms Jay’s property. However, within six weeks Fowler had sold the horse to Paul Humphries and Tammy Flack for £380. The court heard how following the purchase, Bill Bennett sadly died in December of severe colic.

Anita Addison, prosecuting, said the purchasers had now “lost a lot of faith in human nature, a lack of trust they describe it as”.

Paul Forshaw, mitigating, said: “This is a rather sad tale. I think everything started off in good faith. At the time Miss Fowler had been working for Sylvia Jay and her husband for six months riding out as a head stable girl.

“Ms Jay and her husband split up at that time and her job came to an end.” He said Fowler helped Ms Jay move out of her home and gave her emotional support and there was a discussion about looking after Bill Bennett, who was understood to be aged nine, and where he could stay.

The court heard Fowler, who has worked in the horseracing industry for about 12 years, had kept him at Priory Stables in Exning. Mr Forshaw said he believed she had “learnt her lesson and won’t enter into anything like that again.”

She now works at stables in Leicestershire.

Fowler, now of Nether Street, Harby, Melton Mowbray, was fined £230, ordered to pay £380 compensation to Ms Jay, £200 compensation to Ms Flack, £300 towards court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

After the hearing, Ms Jay said she was pleased something had been done, but said of the outcome: “It’s not going to bring my horse back and it’s not going to cover the expense for the people who bought him.”

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