A pensioner caught with nearly 100 videos of humans engaging in sexual activity with animals has avoided being put on the sex offenders register
Albert Redman, 70, amassed a vile collection of animal abuse footage showing adults having sex with dogs and horses.
The married dad-of-two said he didn’t realise the files were illegal, after downloading them over the course of nearly a year.
A judge today told the OAP: “You claimed never to be aroused by these images. I just don’t accept that, it’s obviously not true.
“You clearly obtained some gratification, that’s why you kept going back for more.”
Liverpool Crown Court heard police raided Redman’s home in Stanley Avenue, Birkdale on April 22 last year.
Andrew McInnes, prosecuting, said officers seized electronic items including a Western Digital hard drive.
It was found to contain 93 extreme porn images, of which 68 “unique” or non-duplicate images were still accessible to view.
Mr McInnes said a further 20 of the files had been deleted and they all depicted “acts of bestiality”.
He said the files were downloaded between March 25, 2019 and March 17, 2020 and the majority were videos.
Mr McInnes said: “It was not possible to identify whether images had been distributed. There was peer to peer software on the system.”
When interviewed by police, Redman admitted viewing the images.
Mr McInnes added: “He said he didn’t know it was illegal because he accessed them using a normal, legal search system.
“He said if he had known he was breaking the law he would have deleted the images.”
The prosecutor added that the videos were “of some length” and they were downloaded over a near 12-month period.
Redman, who admitted possessing extreme porn, had one previous conviction for an unrelated matter in 2013.
Judge Gary Woodhall said the files were “images of bestiality with adults”.
He said Redman claimed he was searching for “normal porn” when he came across the images, which he didn’t know were illegal and that the OAP said if he had known they were illegal, he would have deleted them.
Judge Woodhall handed him a 12-month community order and 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.
He also fined Redman £1,500 and told him to pay £425 towards court costs.
The judge said he had 28 days to pay the fine or he would face 28 days in prison in default and also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the computer equipment.
Redman isn’t required to sign on the Sex Offenders Register because the minimum sentence for this offence for which notification requirements apply is a two-year jail term.