Welsh police come down hard on Octopussy porn
Man accused of possessing extreme porn
A man appeared before Swansea magistrates this week accused of possessing extreme porn images, including one which allegedly shows "a person performing an act of intercourse with a dead animal, namely a squid."
Or octopus. The reports are not 100 per cent clear.
The Sun reported this week that Andrew Dymond, 46, from Mumbles, Swansea was up before Swansea magistrates charged with possessing "an extreme pornographic image which portrayed in an explicit and realistic way a person performing an act of intercourse with a dead animal, namely a squid, which was grossly offensive, disgusting or of obscene character".
The paper informed us that the animal in question might after all have been an octopus – and that the prosecution were amending the charges accordingly.
Not quite. A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service tells us that the charge is now – as it always has been – that Dymond possessed an extreme pornographic image portraying person to animal intercourse. The court schedule, which has very little bearing on the legal issues before the court, lists the animal in question as a dead squid/octopus.
Dymond faces a further nine charges in respect of possessing photographs of people having sex with dogs and horses. He also faces 14 charges of making indecent images of children. He has yet to plead one way or the other: he was committed by magistrates to stand trial at a later date.
He is currently on bail on condition he does not access the internet or have any contact with a child under the age of 16.
The case follows hot on the heels of Welsh Police's efforts to prosecute a man for possessing "Tiger porn" – a charge dismissed by Mold Crown Court when it turned out that a video clip of a woman having sex with a tiger was actually an elaborate CGI-generated joke. ®
@He also faces 14 charges
That's exactly the reason this is important.
It's a common police/judicial practice - get a guy who is plainly guilty of lots of stuff that any jury will convict on. Throw in an extra charge something like possessing a mobile phone in a section44 area, or using encryption to hide the images.
Got a conviction and you have precedence that using encryption can be prosecuted.
So the next English nationalist in Wales can be held for having an encrypted disk.
Extra legs for a weak case maybe?
His 'indecent images of children' might be topless 14+ teens pouting at webcams. If a joke image is needed to prop the charges up the case might be feeble....
Besides this emphasises that this guy probably had no more intention of engaging in real life activity with a minor than he did with a dead mollusc.
If I get a kick out of Dirty Harry movies - it doesn't mean I blow people's heads off with a .44 magnum. That the thought crime of looking at a picture attracts (if anything more) severe opprobium and sentences similar to committing the depicted act is irrational and unjust.
...the "main" point. extreme porn has proven a rich vein for stories over the last few years, for a variety of different reasons.
First, because of the legal principle it embodies. Next up, because of how it has been used (in practice, it has mostly turned into a "dangerous dogs act")...with very little attention so far paid to human-human porn. The latter seems to turn up as add-on charge or consolation prize when the police can't do someone for anything else.
Or alternatively, on occasion, it is simply ridiculous - as here. Was in the supermarket yesterday and passed a fridge full of frozen squid. Now, i'm partial to a little squid myself...mostly flash fried with butter and garlic.
But this law suggests that if any of our readers took one frozen ickle squid home, and forked it (into their mouth) they would be perfectly ok to do so... but fucking it could see you sent to prison. What a difference two letters can make. :)
i am very alive to the child abuse issue and don't under-estimate its seriousness. but two points: we're not pretending its not there...just its part of another (much more serious) story
Second - and this is another story too - however hard one tries to disentangle laws on ep from child protection it is very difficult, because whatever others think, government is determined to view the two issues as linked or even two sides of the same coin.