Charlie Pearce has been convicted of attempted murder. He was obsessed with sexually violent images when he raped and bludgeoned his victim on his 17th birthday, leaving her for dead.
Feminists have used the case to call for an extension to Britain's porn censorship laws about violent porn in particular, and of course, for a wider ban of porn. Sarah Green, co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said:
This case is extremely disturbing and the age of the offender should alarm us all. The evidence about his searches for online porn before the attack tell us that we urgently need public discussion about the contents of contemporary online
pornography, its accessibility and what is known about the way it influences those who use it.
It is currently a criminal offence in England and Wales to possess pornographic material which is grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise obscene and explicitly and realistically depicts life threatening and serious injury.
However pornographic material that is obviously scripted and not realistic is legal. Feminists claim the vast majority of images depicting rape are therefore lawful to possess.
A man who admitted downloading images of extreme pornography involving animals, has been told by a judge that he did not believe his apologies.
He pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing extreme pornography involving 62 videos. The court heard that one charge involved women having sex with dogs and the other involved sexual activity with horses.
Judge Everett claimed that downloading such images encouraged those who use vulnerable women to get involved in such activity on film.
He was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and 20 days rehabilitation activities. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and to pay a fine
The videos were found a after a police raid possibly related to growing cannabis.