An arrest warrant has been issued for a Leicester man accused of having sex with a horse and a donkey, after he failed to turn up to court.
Joseph Squires, of Overpark Avenue, is charged with a serious sexual offence against a donkey between February and April 1999 and a horse in March 2004.
He is also accused of criminal damage to the animals during the same dates.
The 66-year-old was due to appear at Leicester Crown Court earlier for a plea and case management hearing.
Mr Squires did not attend court and it was heard he had lost touch with his solicitors.
Judge Michael Pert QC issued a bench warrant for his arrest.