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A circus owner from Northamptonshire was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the elephant.
Bobby Roberts was convicted on three counts of unnecessary suffering also of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal.
The 69-year-old who ran Super Circus in Cambridgeshire also failed to ensure the elephant was given medication for her arthritis.
His wife Moira, 75, was cleared of all three charges by District Judge David Chinnery following a five-day trial at Northampton Crown Court