Hollycarrside man avoids prison after sharing “extreme” animal pornography in WhatsApp Group

A Hollycarrside man has avoided prison after he was caught participating in a WhatsApp group which shared content of people sexually abusing animals.

Jordan Holling and others had gathered a total of 14 clips featuring adults engaged in “extreme pornography”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Holling claimed he did not know the possession of such material was illegal.

But Judge Amanda Rippon told him: “It has been unlawful since 2008 and rightly so.

“The abuse and exploitation of the people in the films is often horrific.

“Any woman you see having sex with a horse in those films or photographs is most likely being made to have sex with that horse.”

Holling was found to have thought the content was funny.

Holling, 31, of Polperro Close, Sunderland, admitted possessing extreme pornography.

Holling was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with rehabilitation requirements, £425 costs and 100 hours unpaid work.