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Man, 47, denies ‘fake images’ porn charges

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 06, 2011

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A MAN from Stone who downloaded staged images of sexual violence against women has gone on trial under new laws banning “extreme pornography.”

In one of the first cases of its kind in the country, Kevin Webster is accused of having “grossly offensive or disgusting” pictures, even though they are “fakes”.

The charges follow a police search raid on Webster’s home in Cresswood Drive, Stone and the seizure of his two computers.

Darron Whitehead, prosecuting, told jurors at Stafford Crown Court that the hard drives of the computers were examined.

“They revealed what we say were extreme pornographic images.”

Mr Whitehead said that in January 2009 it became an offence to possess images which depicted in an explicit or realistic way acts which threaten a person’s life or acts likely to result in serious injury to anus, genitals or breast.

Webster, aged 47, denies three charges of possessing extreme pornography depicting images likely to result in injury to a person’s breast and one similar charge depicting an act which threatens a person’s life.

Mr Whitehead told the jury the search warrant was executed at Webster’s home on 24 August 2009.

“This defendant accepts he viewed and downloaded and saved those images.

“We know the images were fake, we know it isn’t a knife in someone’s breast. The question is whether it is realistic or portrayed in that way. You have to be satisfied the people in those images are real.

“Plainly they are. The intentions of the persons within those images, the actors and actresses, are irrelevant. It is what is depicted in those images which is material.”

Mr Whitehead told the jury that to be considered “extreme pornography” the images had to be produced for the purposes of sexual arousal and had to be “grossly offensive or disgusting and of an obscene character.”

“Why is there a need for this new legislation? There is a need to regulate images portraying sexual violence, to safeguard the decency of society and for the protection of women from degradation,” said Mr Whitehead.

Two university professors are expected to give expert evidence.

The trial is continuing.

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