A 23-year-old man has been arrested in South East Muhuru Location in Nyatike Sub-County, Migori County after he was caught engaging in sexual relations with a neighbour’s goat on Monday.

The man, identified as Otieno Jalango, said he engages in sexual activities with animals because he fears contracting HIV.

“Animals cannot contract HIV, unlike humans. Sex with animals is therefore safer,” he told Muhuru East Location Chief Jim Kawa.

Jalango was handed over to him by irate residents who claimed they are worried about their livestock following the suspects’ confession.

The neighbours accused him of engaging in sexual activities with their livestock severally.

The residents want the local administration to take legal action against Jalango or seek spiritual intervention on behalf of the suspect.

The Chief said the suspect, a casual labourer, is of sound mind.