Horse neglect plea may be withdrawn

A man facing sentencing on a charge of neglecting a horse has been remanded while he considers whether to withdraw his guilty plea which was entered in January.

Rufus Culliford had admitted the charge relating to a horse inspected on a farm at Tai Tapu in December 2015.

He had been scheduled for sentencing in the Christchurch District Court today, but his new defence counsel Shawn McManus asked for the adjournment so that an application to vacate his plea could be considered.

Judge Peter Rollo granted the adjournment to June 21 when either the application to withdraw the plea will be heard, or the sentencing will go ahead.

Culliford has been remanded “at large” – no bail is required.

The prosecution had been brought by the SPCA.