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Jail ‘unnecessary’ for Louth man with extreme pornographic images of animals on phone

A man who admitted possessing extreme pornographic images of animals was sentenced to a two-year community order.

Police seized a phone from Kayne McMillan, 29, after he was arrested for an unrelated matter on November 1, 2019.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the phone was examined and found to contain searches for extreme images of animals.

Lincoln Crown Court
Lincoln Crown Court

In total 440 extreme pornographic images were found on the device, the court was told.

Following a pre-sentence report by the Probation Service it was recommended that McMillan, of Abbotts Way, Louth, was suitable for a two year community order.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, mitigating for McMillan, urged the court to follow the recommendation by the Probation Service.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said: "Mr McMillan wants to co-operate, and wants help."

Passing sentence Judge Simon Hirst told McMillan: "Given the passage of time I feel it is unnecessary to pass a custodial sentence, but plainly it is serious enough to warrant a community order."

McMillan was sentenced to a two year community order and must also complete up to 30 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days.

He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

McMillan was cleared of rape charges after a trial at Lincoln Crown Court earlier this year.

An additional charge, accusing him of coercive behaviour, was dropped, with the Crown Prosecution Service offering no evidence.

The offences were alleged to have taken place between February 2015 and October 2019.

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