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Swaffham man admits to possessing pornographic images and videos of children and animals

PUBLISHED: 15:46 15 December 2017

King's Lynn crown court. Picture: Chris Bishop

King's Lynn crown court. Picture: Chris Bishop

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A 21-year-old man has admitted to possessing pornography including nearly 1,000 indecent images and videos of a child.

Connor Murray, of Highfield Avenue, in Swaffham, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child when he appeared before King’s Lynn magistrates.

This included 836 images and 80 videos in categories A, B and C.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of two images and 13 videos of extreme porn, which the court heard involved a live animal.

Murray also admitted to possession of eight prohibited images of a child.

Prosecutor Giles Beaumont said Murray first came to the attention of the police after they received a phone call from his mother in January this year.

Mr Beaumont added: “Police contacted Murray in due course and found images of children down to one year of age.

“There are quite a lot of category A images, and moving images which is a significant aggravating feature.

“The chat logs police have recovered suggested that the defendant may have been sharing the images which is an aggravating feature.”

He said Murray had pleaded guilty to the charges on November 16, but the Crown Prosecution Service could not accept the basis of the defendant’s plea because there was a dispute over the time period of the offences.

He said due to the seriousness of the matter it should to be sent to crown court for sentencing.

Ruth Johnson, mitigating for Murray, said the defendant had significant mental health issues, adding: “He suffers from an enormous amount of difficulties.”

She added: “I am absolutely flabbergasted that not only did he have an interview without an appropriate adult, he had no legal representation and the interview was done at his home address.”
She said the credibility of the interview was a matter to be held at the crown court.

Chairman of the bench David Leathart told Murray he is to appear in Norwich Crown Court for sentencing on January 12, 2018.

He said the magistrates did not have the power to sentence him due to the seriousness of the charges. Murray was released on unconditional bail.

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