Horsemeat Charges Man Escapes Jail

23 March 2015, 15:28 | Updated: 23 March 2015, 15:29

The boss of a slaughterhouse in West Yorkshire who sold horse carcasses to ``Italian restaurants'' without any record of where they were being sent has escaped jail.

65 year old Peter Boddy has been fined £8,000 for selling 55 horses without keeping a note of the purchaser.

He also accepted a further 17 into his business without documenting the supplier.

He admitted 2 counts related to meat traceability regulations - including one that the source of meat should be traceable from pasture to plate.

The manager of the slaughterhouse, in Todmorden, David Moss has been given a 4 month suspended sentence.

He admitted forging an invoice concerning the number of horses sold in a transaction on February 12 2013.

Prosecutor Adam Payter told London's Southwark Crown Court the controversy had ``undermined confidence in the meat industry''.