April 2019

Newport grandfather forwarded child abuse video and downloaded animal pornography

A pervert was warned he faces a potential prison sentence after he distributed a child abuse video and admitted downloading extreme animal pornography.

Mark Sheen, of Beechfield Avenue, Newport, pleaded guilty to forwarding one category A film, classified as depicting the most extreme type.

The 59-year-old was due to be sentenced at the city’s crown court, but the case was adjourned so that a report could be prepared.

Sheen pleaded guilty to possessing an extreme animal pornography image, distributing an indecent photograph of a child and possessing an indecent photograph of a child.

Judge Jeremy Jenkins agreed to adjourn so that a pre-sentence report could be prepared on the defendant by the Probation Service.

He told Sheen: “The fact that I am adjourning gives no indication as to the type of sentence you will be likely to face.

“All sentencing options are open. It is very much in your interest for a good report to be prepared.”

Judge Jenkins did however ask the probation officer in court to “explore alternatives to custody”.

Sheen is now due to be sentenced on May 10.