Extreme pornographic images found on the phone of a County Down man had been sent to him as a joke by friends, Banbridge Magistrates Court.
He pleaded to guilty to six charges of possession of an extreme pornographic image and District Judge Benita Boyd imposed a one year probation order.
A barrister explained that the unlucky man had his vehicle stolen and it was used in some serious offences which did not involve him in any way. The police examined his phone and found six video images of extreme pornography involving animals and people
and the defendant was arrested. He had been sent them via WhatsApp.
The prosecutor said there was no suggestion that the defendant had asked for them to be sent to him and the prosecution case was that they were not for sexual gratification but simply they were on the phone.