Animal shelter volunteer found with beastiality porn

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An animal shelter volunteer was found with a vile haul of beastiality porn after an email link was discovered by sanctuary staff.

Mark Findlater was found with hundreds of sickening images and videos depicting disturbing acts between adults and dogs, cows, pigs and horses.

Officers raided his rural home near Forfarin in Angus when horrified staff found the bestiality website on his work email and reported it to police.

They recovered over 1,000 images and 400 videos of adult males and females involved in sexual acts with animals from a host of devices at Findlater’s cottage.

A criminal justice report is now being prepared before the 28-year-old offender is sentenced next month after he admitted possessing the material over more than two and a half years.

Depute fiscal Robbie Brown told the court Findlater had been a volunteer at a local animal sanctuary but there had been some difficulty when he left over an accident which occurred there.

“Checks were being made on his email that he was using at work and one of those turned up a link to a bestiality website,” said Mr Brown.

“As a consequence police became involved and that is where this matter comes from.

“A search warrant was obtained, officers attended at the accused’s house and a number of items were found and examined.

“It is fair to say that the accused was fairly co-operative with the police when he was dealt with.”

Mr Brown detailed the content of a range of items including a laptop, DVD discs, USB devices and a hard drive.

The material covered over 1,000 images and 400 videos of adult males and females involving permutations of sexual acts involving horses, dogs, pigs and cows, the court was told.

Findlater, of Mains of Coul Cottages, Forfar admitted the indictment charge of possessing the extreme pornographic material at his home address between March 2011 and November 2013.

A motion for forfeiture of the items seized was granted by Sheriff Pino Di Emidio.

Solicitor Lynne Sturrock said Findlater had no previous convictions and was aware that the matter would have to be deferred for the preparation of a criminal justice report.

Defence submissions were reserved for when the accused returns to court on February 11.

Sheriff Di Emidio said: “I will defer sentence on the basis that all sentencing options remain open to the court.”

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