'Isolated' man had animal porn films on top of fridge

Sick animal porn films found during a police raid belonged to an "isolated" man, a court heard.

Former civil servant and graduate Alan Turner was caught out after officers searched his Sunderland home for counterfeit DVDs.

Officers found a number of discs marked "animals" on top of his fridge, which contained graphic scenes of sex acts between people and animals.

Sunderland Magistrates' Court heard that thousands of discs were seized from the 52-year-old's home during the raid on October 24, last year.

Turner claimed he bought them from car boot sales for as little as 2.

John McGlone, prosecuting, said a large quantity of the discs were copies of Hollywood blockbusters, but about 50 were sexually explicit and illegal.

Turner, of Prestwick Road, Pennywell, admitted 11 charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Defence solicitor Paul Heron said his client was a man of previous good character who suffered from mental health problems.

He added: "The vast majority of these were normal films that you can get in record shops which he had copied.

"You pay so much for a bundle of these DVDs from car boot sales, and after a time he found that some of the DVDs were of a nature that form the subject matter of these charges.

"He has not gone looking for them, they came as a pack.

"He has not gone seeking them out and admitted he watched some of them, mainly for the shock element.

"He involved no one else in this whatsoever. The type of DVDs we are talking about were never lent out or copied and in this matter, he was working totally on his own, in total isolation.

"Isolation is something which has beset him for most of his adult life."

Mr Heron went on to say Turner was "deeply ashamed and grossly embarrassed".

Magistrates gave Turner an 18-month community order and ordered him to pay 85 towards court costs.

Destruction of the explicit DVDs was also ordered.