Acquittal of Andreas Helgstrand
On November 28 2014, the court in Aalborg announced the verdict in the case against Andreas Helgstrand. The verdict was acquittal.
Back in the spring, Andreas Helgstrand was reported to the police, accused of animal cruelty, however, the court has now acquitted him of all charges.
”I am very happy about the ruling of the court; it is important for me personally, but also for the sport in general. It has been quite tough to have these accusations hovering, but my family and I are now focusing on the future instead," says Andreas Helgstrand.
The verdict reads acquittal of Andreas Helgstrand based on the fact that the prosecutor did not prove that Akeem suffered any harm on April 12 2014 according to the animal protection laws § 1, 2 and 17. The verdict was based on anonymous photos and the results of the veterinarian examination of Akeem Foldager carried out on April 19 2014 as required by Dansk Ride Forbund (the Danish Equestrian Federation).