Former volunteer facing jail over animal images

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A former animal sanctuary volunteer who was found with a vile horde of “extreme” animal porn images was today (Thursday) facing jail.

Mark Findlater was caught with hundreds of depraved images and videos of sex acts between people and dogs, cows, pigs and horses at his rural home in Angus.

Forfar Sheriff Court heard Findlater had previously volunteered at the Mountain Animal Sanctuary in Angus - but left following an accident in which his thumb and finger were partially cut off.

A probe was launched after an email containing a link to a bestiality website was found on an address he was using at work.

It emerged that Findlater had been hoarding the vile collection during his time working at the equine sanctuary, which rescues and rehomes donkeys, horses and ponies that have been abandoned or neglected.

Fiscal depute Robbie Brown told the court: “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.

“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, DVDs, 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 (28), who lives on the outskirts of Forfar, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of possessing the extreme pornographic material at his home address between March 2011 and November 2013.

Defence solicitor Lynne Sturrock said first offender Findlater had recently attended appointments with a psychologist who was preparing a background report for the court.

She said: “That will be available next week.”

Sheriff Gregor Murray deferred sentence until next month for background reports to be available and released Findlater on bail meantime.