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Two men found guilty after receiving explicit images on Whatsapp

by Staff Reporter
04 August 2014 | 10259 Views
Two 'respectable' men who pleaded guilty in court to having 'disgusting images' on their phones has led to warnings over sharing explicit and potentially illegal images using mobile messaging platforms such as Whatsapp.

Gary Ticehurst and Mark Kelly, both from Essex, received the unsolicited yet offending images from an anonymous sender, which Old Bailey judge Paul Worsley QC said was intended for 'shock value' as a joke, so handed down relatively lenient sentences.

Kelly, defending himself, told the court: 'I deleted the videos from my Whatsapp, but I had no idea they would save to my camera roll.'

The offending images and videos had been recovered by police after they stopped the defendants on an unrelated matter.

Addressing the court, Judge Worsley stated: 'In your case it was unsolicited, this is an exceptional case in some ways.

'The public should not find this carte blanche to possess material of this nature.'




Kelly, 25, from Romford pleaded guilty to one count of possessing an extreme indecent image likely to cause injury and three counts of possessing indecent images involving animals.

Ticehurst, 28, from Canvey Island, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing an extreme indecent image likely to cause injury and two counts of possessing indecent images involving animals.

The men were given conditional discharges and ordered to pay costs of £500 each.

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