A "depraved" man jailed for having sex with chickens in his basement has had his prison sentence reduced on appeal.

Sick footage showed Rehan Baig, 37, having sex with the pet birds, which died as a result, was captured by his wife 38-year-old wife Haleema.

It was found on computer equipment seized from his home in Bradford, West Yorkshire, along with indecent images of children.

Baig was jailed for three years at Bradford Crown Court in October last year after admitting a number of offences, including having intercourse with an animal, possessing extreme pornographic images and making indecent photographs of children.

But his jail term was cut to two years and four months after two senior Court of Appeal judges decided that the original sentence was too long.

Baig's lawyers had argued that his jail term should be suspended and he should be freed from prison immediately.

Judge Sir Roderick Evans said: "We are satisfied that a significant and immediate term of custody was necessary.

Baig's sickening crimes were discovered when National Crime Agency officers searched the family home in July 2019 after receiving intelligence he had indecent images of children.

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Computer equipment seized from the property showed 49 indecent images of children, including 11 of the most serious category, some of which featured children as young as six.

Investigators found a "significant" quantity of extreme pornographic images, including homemade movies featuring Baig and sometimes his wife engaging in sexual activity with animals. They were saved under the file name "Family Vids".

Some of the images featured the couple engaging in sex acts with a dog while others were of Baig performing intercourse with chickens.

His wife filmed some of the footage on a mobile phone.

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The judge at his crown court trial described Baig's offending as "depraved, perverted and despicable" and said the creation of the videos was "simply beyond comprehension".

Images showed two of the chickens dead on the floor while another video showed the pervert placing one of the deceased animals in a bin bag.

Judge Richard Mansell said: "The pain and suffering you inflicted on these animals must have been horrific."

Prosecutors said the chickens started as family pets and they all died as a consequence of Baig’s actions.

Baig admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, three counts of possession of extreme pornography, three counts of sexual intercourse with an animal and two counts of possession of controlled drugs.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life but the lifelong ban preventing him from owning animals had to be lifted due to a legal loophole.

Baig was not charged with animal cruelty so the judge admitted he had no power to prohibit the pervert from owning animals in the future.

His wife was handed a six-month suspended sentence after she admitted aiding and abetting sexual intercourse with an animal, which she said was due to coercive and controlling behaviour by her husband.

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