THE judge who jailed a cruel and depraved man who killed chickens by having sex with them has had to lift a lifelong ban preventing him from keeping any animal.

On Monday, Rehan Baig was imprisoned for three years at Bradford Crown Court after hoarding sick home movies of him violating the birds, along with horrific images of trafficked young children being sexually abused.

Other footage recovered by the police showed Baig sexually abusing a dog.

Baig, 37, of Shepherd Street, Great Horton, Bradford, killed the chickens with his perverted and despicable acts, prosecutor Abigail Langford said.

As part of his sentence, Judge Richard Mansell QC banned him for life from keeping any animal.

But today, the judge stated in open court that he could not make the order because Baig was not charged with animal cruelty.

“I have no power to prohibit him from keeping any animal,” Judge Mansell said.

He suggested that the prosecution might want to consult the RSPCA and raise the matter before the city’s magistrates to see if an order could be made because of the cruelty to the chickens and the dog.

Baig was filmed by his wife, Haleema, 38, in the basement at their home having sex with a number of chickens on different occasions.

One of the birds was dead at the time and he was caught on camera putting another carcase into a bin bag.

Judge Mansell said when sentencing him that the depraved acts would make right-thinking people “sick to the stomach.”

The court heard that the sexual abuse killed the chickens. It was believed they had been family pets but there were none at the address when the police searched it.

“The defendant caused the death of the chickens on each occasion,” Miss Langford said.

Baig admitted three counts of intentionally performing an act of penetration on live chickens. He also admitted possessing extreme pornographic images; three charges of making indecent photographs of children; and possessing cocaine and cannabis resin.

His wife pleaded guilty to three aiding and abetting counts by filming her husband having sexual intercourse with a chicken. She was spared an immediate jail sentence.

The “home movies” of Baig having sex with the chickens were “simply beyond comprehension,” Judge Mansell said.