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Man admits bestiality and child pornography charges

A man has pleaded guilty to having sex with an animal and distributing indecent images of children when he appeared before Newry Crown Court today (Monday).

The 43-year-old defendant, previously resident in the Ballyroney area of Banbridge and with a most recent address at Portstewart, was remanded in custody after he replied “guilty” to two charges of bestiality, on an unknown date between February 1, 2009 and April 4, 2014.

Gareth Michael Williams is originally from South Africa but was living in Co Down when the offences, believed to have involved a dog, were committed.

The defendant, appearing in the dock at Newry Crown Court, also pleaded guilty to a string of child pornography related offences.

These involved 10 counts of distributing indecent images and 17 of possessing or making indecent images of children.

Two additional charges of possessing extreme pornography were also admitted by Williams, with all charges alleged to have taken place on dates between October 10, 2011 and April 4 last year.

After pleaded guilty, defendant was returned to custody and is due to be sentenced in May.

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