A man who exchanged extreme pornography with friends for amusement found himself in court as a victim of the Dangerous Pictures Act.
Roberto Isella, was arrested after he was caught with the illegal movies, featuring bestiality, on his mobile phone. Leicester Crown Court was told he was unaware he had broken the law.
Isella pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing extreme pornography, relating to 24 video clips and one still image, in December 2013. He was sentenced to a two-year community order with 200 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Simon Hammond moralised:
None of the images concerned children, but one should never minimise the disgust at seeing activities with animals.
How anyone could derive amusement from it is very difficult to understand.
I accept it wasn't done for sexual gratification but out of misguided amusement.
It's not amusing; it was disgusting.
People must understand they have these sort of images prison sentences could follow.
Comment: This prosecution is a disgrace
7th September 2015. Thanks to Alan
Sadly, yet another victim rolls over with a guilty plea.
As I get older, I become more and more baffled by the attitude of the state to sex, and never more so than with the good old offence of buggery.
I'm an old-fashioned liberal, I suppose, and think that the state should butt out of sexual morality, apart from the obvious crime of rape (sensibly defined) and a rational age of consent, with close in age protection against prosecution for
youngsters making early sexual experiments.
Now, where buggery's concerned, the state has decriminalised the bit regarding intercourse per anum with human beings. In fact, you frequently report censorship of Christian and Muslim activists who preach that sodomy is a sin, or doubt that two
people of the same sex can marry one another.
But the other aspect of the old offence of buggery, nookie with our four-legged friends, has become a big no-no, with even possession of pictures or videos criminalised. Back in the 70's, I was briefly a member of that archetypally middle-class,
benevolent but fun-loving organization, Round Table. I remember a guy bringing along a pack of mucky playing cards, in which the jokers showed a woman being shagged by a horse. Result: slightly embarrassed laughter and one or two off-colour quips. This
prosecution is a disgrace, and the judge makes himself look like a humourless dipstick.