Porn found on phone

A man caught with sick porn on his mobile was warned by a judge he could have faced jail.

Police found the short video clip on Michael James Nelson's mobile after he was arrested and taken to Gill Bridge police station in Sunderland.

The shocking footage showed a man's genitals being mutilated and had been on his phone for several months, a court heard yesterday.

Prosecutor Jeanette Smith told Sunderland Magistrates' Court that the 23-year-old blamed peer pressure, telling police the images were "going about the streets", but he did not know who had sent them to him.

"He said at first he could not delete it, but accepted later he could have deleted it, but pressure from friends made him keep it on his phone," she added.

Nelson, of Chester Road, Sunderland, admitted to an offence of possessing extreme pornography at a court hearing in June.

Defence solicitor Geoff Pearson said Nelson, who has no previous convictions, did not forward the clip on to anyone and had no other hardcore pornography on his phone.

Mr Pearson said: "This is an image that was sent to him on his phone by an individual.

"He did not invite it and he has not done anything with it in the sense he did not distribute it.

"It just sat on his phone for a long time."

He added: "The images are pretty awful, I have to accept that and he accepts that.

"I can't imagine why you would want to watch this, unless you were the particular type of person that found some gratification in it.

"He is, or he was, a young man of impeccable character and this is not the kind of matter he was seeking or gets any gratification from.

"If only he had pressed the delete button, but it may have been peer pressure that caused him not to do so and got him into this trouble."

District Judge Roger Elsey ordered Nelson to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

He said: "There is no doubt that this was a revolting and perverted piece of video and there is no reasonable explanation for this being on your mobile for the time it was.

"If you had any previous convictions or you had distributed this piece of video, you would be going to prison."

Nelson was also ordered to pay 85 towards court costs.