Builder charged after horrific slaughter of horses

A builder who used a butcher’s knife to kill six miniature horses in South Australia has been sentenced to three and a half years jail.

Michael Martin John O’Connell, 50, pleaded guilty to aggravated serious criminal trespass and also admitted to property damage for killing the horses.

O’Connell allegedly acted in revenge of clients who owed him money.


His company Middleton Developments was waiting on a final payment of about $37,000 for about $200,000 worth of renovations carried out for clients Melvyn and Julie Jackson.

After getting drunk at a Christmas party last year he drove an hour to the Jackson’s horse stud at Clayton Bay and slit the throats of six miniature horses.

O’Connell will be eligible for parole after 18 months.