Gucci's former lover loses cruelty appeal
Ms Armstrong, 28, a former stable girl who has two children by the millionaire, was found guilty of cruelty to 11 Arab horses on Gucci's former stud farm near Crawley, West Sussex, last October.
She was prosecuted by the RSPCA, banned from keeping horses for five years and ordered to pay pounds 5,640 costs and pounds 15,573 compensation.
Magistrates at Chichester Crown Court yesterday rejected her appeal and added an extra four month suspended sentence over each cruelty charge. But she was granted an additional 12 months, on top of the year allowed in October, to pay costs and compensation.
The RSPCA was called to the pounds 2.5m estate last January after locals saw a collapsed horse in a field. Inspectors discovered several more starving and emaciated horses. Some were so weak they could hardly walk.
David Buck, prosecuting at the court case, said the animals were suffering from diarrhoea and listlessness. One filly had to be put down immediately, a vet estimated that she had not eaten for two weeks. Eleven others were removed to an animal welfare centre for intensive care but six of them failed to recover.
The horses were part of a group of 100 kept at the stud at Rusper. Ms Armstrong had been living in a house associated with the stud.
- 1 Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men
Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
China's 'Inconvenient Truth': video exposing country’s smog crisis watched 100 million times
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Have you got a proven track rec...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...
£38000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This B2B content marketing agen...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: An outstanding new...