The owner of a circus elephant said he was disgusted when he saw footage of the animal being struck with a pitchfork.
Bobby Roberts is accused of allowing his staff to beat Anne - a 58 year old Asian elephant - at the Circus's winter quarters at Polebrook near Peterborough.
He told District Judge David Chinnery at Northampton Crown Court that he had no knowledge of the behaviour towards the elephant
Circus owner Bobby Roberts is sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to Europe's oldest elephant
A husband and wife from Northamptonshire are due to go on trial today accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a circus elephant.