Shock claims young married couple used a horse and a dog on their coastal property for ‘sexual pleasure’ and allegedly filmed the vile incidents
A young married couple on the NSW South Coast have been charged with bestiality offenses involving a horse and border collie dog, including filming the interactions.
Police allege Joel Kerim, 29, and Mikayla Kerim, 26, committed the offenses at their rural property on a 17-year-old mare named Gemma and a 14-month-old border collie named Ekko.
Officers were tipped off when Ms Kerim gave police a video of her husband allegedly assaulting the mare near their hay shed while she was standing on a chair, reports The Saturday Telegraph.
Police allege the couple’s relationship ‘turned sour’ in early 2023 when Mr Kerim solicited his wife to have sex with the border collie, leading her to contact them.
Videos were allegedly sent by Mr Kerim to his wife of him having sex with the mare on three occasions.
Joel and Mikayla Kerim (pictured) were charged with possession offenses against a horse and a dog at the rural NSW south coast property
The police were allegedly notified by Ms Kerim who contacted the police after the pair’s relationship ‘turned sour’
During the police investigation, statements were collected from Ms Kerim, other family members and a veterinarian who examined the mare.
Detectives then executed a search warrant on the farm last Tuesday in which they seized electronic storage devices and escorted Mr Kerim to the station for an interview.
Mr Kerim was charged with five counts of bestiality and possessing and distributing bestiality material.
He was granted conditional bail to appear in court in February.
Late last week the police then also charged Ms Kerim, now claiming she also participated in some of the offenses with both the mare and the border collie and sent videos to her husband.
Ms Kerim was charged with one count of bestiality, two counts of manufacturing bestiality material and two counts of distributing bestiality material.
She was also granted conditional bail in the front court in February.
Until 2021, possession or sharing of bestiality videos was not a crime in NSW.
The change in the law was thanks to a sustained campaign by NSW Animal Justice Party MLC Emma Hurst.
Until 2021, possession or sharing of bestiality videos was not a crime in NSW. The change in the law was thanks to a sustained campaign by NSW Animal Justice Party MLC Emma Hurst (pictured)
A similar push is underway in Victoria where it has yet to be criminalised.
Ms Hurst is also responsible for a number of other improvements around animal protection laws, including increasing criminal penalties for animal cruelty and including pets on domestic violence orders.
She and her team also successfully campaigned to amend the Working with Children check to ensure that those convicted of animal cruelty could not be cleared.