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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Two men convicted for WhatsApp porn they 'didn't even watch'

Published 05/08/2014 | 14:51

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A patient had “bilateral wrist pain” induced by over-use of the messaging app.
A patient had “bilateral wrist pain” induced by over-use of the messaging app.
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Two UK men have been convicted for possession of 'extreme porn' on their smartphones.

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The images were sent to the two men via popular messaging app 'Whats App' and both men denied 'soliciting' the footage.

The defendants pleaded guilty to various charges relating to the storage of 'extreme' porn.

Mark Kelly pleaded guilty to one count of 'possessing an extreme pornographic image likely to cause injury', and three counts of 'possessing pornographic images involving animals".

The judge told the court that the videos had been sent for "shock value".

Kelly denied even watching the clips. "I didn't even watch the full content of the video. It was very sick and disturbing."

"I deleted the videos from my WhatsApp, but I had no ideas they would save to my camera roll."

Gary Ticehurst also claimed to be unaware the images had saved to his phone.

"I thought they were disgusting and decided not to look at them....I completely forgot about them."

The judge handed down 500 costs and a two-year conditional discharge, which he described as "lenient".

"You have pleaded guilty to possessing truly disgusting images. This is an exceptional case in some ways... It makes a big difference if someone goes out of their way to seek it, or if they're sent it by some mischievous colleague. In your case, it was unsolicited."

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