A former Victorian trainer and Olympic wrestler will spend six months behind bars after starving twelve horses to death on his farm.
Bruce Akers who represented Australia at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games as well as training horses out of Geelong will spend the next six months in jail followed by a 12 month community corrections order after horses in his care starved to death in April 2016.
Police reported more than 12 horses died as well as a further 21 horses were taken into care by the RSPCA after Akers failed to provide food and water to them at his property at Bulla north of Melbourne.
When sentencing Judge Carolene Gwynn took into account Akers mental impairments.
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