Saturday 3 December 2016

Bus driver found with 'extreme porn featuring dogs, horses and chickens' spared jail

Sam Russell

Published 02/09/2016 | 13:33

Alan Chima was found guilty.
Alan Chima was found guilty.

A bus driver found to have extreme pornographic images involving horses, dogs and chickens has been spared an immediate prison sentence.

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Alan Chima, 39, of Windsor Road, Leyton, east London, was arrested after police who attended his address on a separate matter discovered the images on a laptop that they seized.

Basildon Crown Court heard there were 38 extreme images involving various women having penetrative sex with dogs, horses and chickens.

Richard Burrington, prosecuting, said: "I see reference to a cat in there as well."

He added: "While he knew it was wrong morally to possess such images, he didn't know it was illegal.

"He said it was a phase he had been going through and he got sexual gratification from those images."

Paul Kaufman, mitigating, said: "He was in tears at the police station.

"While he's quite adamant he had no idea this was illegal, he recognises in the eyes of most people it's abhorrent.

"He was very ashamed and remains so by his behaviour."

Chima admitted possession of extreme pornographic images at an earlier hearing.

Judge David Owen-Jones, sentencing him on Friday to eight months in prison suspended for two years, said: "These were shocking images and it occurred over a fairly lengthy period.

"There were a number of them including a clip that went on for some 24 minutes."

Mr Kaufman said Chima's former partner had used the court case as a pretext for denying him access to his daughter.

He added: "A very respectable art gallery in Mayfair had to remove a modern scene of Leda and the swan."

If even the gallery had issues, Mr Kaufman said: "The defendant, who is a bus driver, had no reason to know that this form of pornography was illegal."

The Scream gallery in Mayfair was asked to remove a rendering of Greek myth Leda and the swan in 2012 after a passing police officer took offence to Derrick Santini's photograph of a naked woman being ravished by the bird.

It was removed as the exhibition was coming to a close anyway, but it is thought it was not recorded as a crime by police.

Chima, who wore a shirt and tie and appeared emotionless throughout the hearing, was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and had to forfeit his laptop.

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