A man has been warned he faces a custodial sentence after pleading guilty to possession of what prosecutors described as extreme porn at Mold Crown Court last week.
The charge alleged that Holland had downloaded and viewed a six-second clip of human-on-human extreme porn.
According to Holland, this was sent to him as a joke - he viewed it just once, but made the mistake of not getting round to deleting it.
At the Crown Court in Mold, last week, before Mr Justice Medland, Holland pleaded guilty to a charge of possession, in the expectation that this would count as mitigation and lead to a lighter sentence.
Holland told the Register last week that he was therefore shocked in the extreme to be told to return home pending reports – and that a custodial sentence was likely .
A Swansea Valley man has been warned he is facing a prison sentence after he admitted possessing pornography classed as extreme and dangerous.
David Wilson appeared before Judge Huw Davies at Swansea crown court for a plea and case management hearing.
Wilson admitted possessing extreme pornographic images depicting sex or sexual intercourse with animals on various dates during 2009.
Wilson also admitted possessing dangerous pornography on June 5, 2009 which depicted scenes that could have resulted in serious injury to those taking part.
Janet Gedrych, prosecuting, said a total of 642 images fell into the two categories of extreme and dangerous.
But, in addition, Wilson admitted making (ie downloading) or possessing indecent images of children on 12 occasions in 2009.
Judge Davies agreed to a request by Wilson's barrister, Paul Hobson, to adjourn sentence to allow time for a probation officer to prepare a report into his background. But he warned Wilson not to draw any encouragement from the adjournment: He
will understand that he faces the overwhelming likelihood of a custodial sentence because of the number of type of images involved, added the judge.
A man has been fined for possessing extreme pornographic images featuring women, horses and dogs.
Matthew Jones pleaded guilty in January to four counts of possessing 188 images on DVDs and a laptop.
He was fined £1,000 at Guildford Crown Court.
Laura Plant, prosecuting, told the court that the man had in his possession both still and moving images downloaded from the internet. She added: It's mostly horses and dogs I'm told, and adult females having intercourse with them or performing
oral intercourse on the animals.
The court heard that police discovered the images on a laptop and DVDs under a bed after they carried out a search of Jones's house on March 4 last year.
In addition to the scenes of bestiality, there were also pictures described in court as being of an extreme sadistic nature likely to cause injury to body parts, and images depicting severe bondage and extreme piercing.
Richard McConaghy, defending, said possession of the images had become a criminal offence just over a month before they were seized. He added: While it appears some of these images were downloaded in this gap, the majority of them were things
he had for longer within his possession. Most part of the criminality comes from not disposing of these images.
Before sentencing, Judge Michael Addison viewed some of the pictures. He told Jones: These are serious offences because the making of images of these sort must be discouraged.
Despite the odd absurd anomaly, such as an attempt to prosecute for a depiction of a woman having sex with a cartoon tiger, the UK government's “extreme pornography” laws have not have proved to be the threat to free expression.
Critics of the extreme porn law, which took effect a year ago this week, may be feeling a sense of ironic let-down on its anniversary, as legislation supposedly passed to protect the innocent from extreme sadists appears to have turned, all too
rapidly, into the “Safeguarding Vulnerable Animals Act”.
A former zoo worker convicted of attempting to have sex with a female rottweiler named Tara after a drunken party has been banned
from owning dogs.
Judge John Rogers QC, sitting at Mold Crown Court, also placed him on a 12 month community order under which he must carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
Thomas Edwards, who at the time worked in catering at Chester Zoo, denied a charge of attempting to penetrate a living animal during an incident on August 30 last year. He said he went out into the back yard to have a smoke and to urinate – and
simply stroked one of two dogs which he did not know were there until he went out into the yard.
Edwards admitted seven charges of possessing animal pornography on his computer.
The CPS dropped a prosecution under the extreme porn law last week when it apparently accepted that the soundtrack on a clip of a tiger apparently having sex with a women rendered the video comical rather than pornographic.
Andrew Holland appeared at Mold Crown Court on New Year's Eve to answer two charges of possessing extreme porn. Both charges related to video clips sent to him by friends, allegedly as jokes.
The first charge involved a video clip of a woman having sex with a tiger. The tiger, according to Holland, was an animated image, rather than a real tiger.
He told El Reg that the fictional nature of the action was obvious from the fact that, at the end of the scene, the Tiger turns to camera and said: that beats doing Frosties ads for a living .
A North Wales man has been cleared of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a tiger having sex with a woman.
The prosecution offered no evidence when it was accepted that the tiger in the clip was not real, and that it was all a joke.
It emerged in court that police and prosecutors had not previously listened to the film with the sound on. Following the act, the tiger turned to the camera and roared: That beats the Frosties advert! .
Defendant Andrew Holland appeared at Mold Crown Court today and pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Bell said that the prosecution had decided to offer no evidence against him.
When asked by Judge John Rogers QC why that was being done, she said that when the case was previously reviewed the film had no sound track. It had been further reviewed, the sound track could be heard, and it was clear that the film had been
produced for the purposes of a joke rather than for sexual gratification.
The sound track confirmed that the person watching the image would realise that it was not actually a real tiger that was involved in the fact, she said.
The judge recorded a formal not guilty verdict.
The court heard how the film had been blue toothed to the defendant as a joke.
Following the hearing, defending barrister David Potter said that the prosecution now accepted that any reasonable person viewing the video would not consider it to be real and that it was produced for the purposes of a joke.
The sound track showed the tiger describing himself as Tony the Tiger, the Frosties advert character, who roars and says 'that beats the Frosties advert', he explained.
The joke meant that Holland had found himself accused in court - and on various Internet sites - of possessing an extreme pornographic image which portrayed a person performing an act of intercourse with a tiger which was grossly offensive,
disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character.
Unfortunately the persecution is not an an end, Holland faces another charge under the Dangerous Pictures Act involving the 'serious injury' clause. This will be heard in court on 17th March.
It's oddly appropriate that the last day of a year notable for its stories about police powers, questionable prosecutions and state intrusion should have seen what must be one of the strangest cases on record come to court.