Child porn trader who filmed himself having sex with a cow and miniature horse gets 3.5-year jail term

50-year-old Richard McNair was handed down a sentence for bestiality and possessing over 20,000 images of child and animal pornography


                            Child porn trader who filmed himself having sex with a cow and miniature horse gets 3.5-year jail term

A Kiwi farrier who filmed himself having sex with a cow and helped a miniature horse penetrate him was sentenced to jail at the Hamilton District Court. 50-year-old Richard McNair committed the acts while he worked as a farrier at a farm in Waikato between October 1, 2016, and October 1, 2017, though it would be his vast collection of pornographic images featuring children and animals that would get him caught.

According to the Daily Mail, McNair first filmed himself having sex with a female cow while working on the farm, before then allowing a miniature horse to penetrate him sometime between August 2017 and October 2017. The 50-year-old was brought to the attention of New Zealand's Online Child Exploitation unit Oceanz when they received a tip-off that he was trading child pornography online.

McNair was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison (Source: New Zealand Herald)
McNair was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison (Source: New Zealand Herald)

He reportedly belonged to a worldwide child pornography sharing group called Peer to Peer and was nabbed after an investigator posing as a collector convinced McNair to share his content. The former farmer is said to have shared 317 objectionable images as well as two videos, with a search carried out at his home yielding an SD card with over 7,500 images of sexual violation on children as young as two years of age.

Authorities also confiscated a laptop, cellphones, USB sticks, a GoPro, and tablets, with the New Zealand Herald reporting that McNair had categorized and cataloged all of the 20,000-odd images and videos into sections such as "child nudity, nudism, cartoon, fantasy, bestiality" and many more.

Crown prosecutor Kaleb Whyte said McNair was at a "high risk of reoffending and harm to others without having specialist intervention" and that the defendant should not be given credit for good character because of the "extensiveness" of his collection. It was a stance that presiding Judge Merelina Burnett agreed with. She struck down a request to hand down credit for any good character and said the 50-year-old did not comprehend the full extent of his actions.

The Hamilton District Court where he was sentenced (Source: Google Maps)
The Hamilton District Court where he was sentenced (Source: Google Maps)

Defense attorney Sheila Cameron said her client had "a deep sense of shame" over his offense that could mostly be put down to a tough childhood. She said the McNair was subjected to bullying and a victim of sexual abuse as a child and that he had been undergoing counseling since his arrest in October.

Cameron also said that the 50-year-old had been since diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and avoidant personality disorder and that he lived in "extreme social isolation".

While Burnett acknowledged the work McNair had done by getting himself counseling, she took issue with his statement claiming "he would not dream" of having sex with a child. She said by belonging to a pornography sharing network such as Peer to Peer and sharing images and videos, his conduct was arguably worse.

McNair was handed down a sentence of three years and five months in prison for bestiality and possessing and distributing child and bestiality pornography. He was mandated to serve at least half of his prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole.