CLOWN COPS CANT SPOT PORN FROM A TIGER SUIT

Police charged me with possessing extreme porn for a 6 second clip of man dressed up in a tiger suit’

Andrew Holland’s life descended into misery after police charged him without listening to the soundtrack in which the ‘tiger’ talks, turns to the camera and says: “That beats doing adverts for a living… that’s grrrreat!”

What police had found on Andrew Holland’s computer was a computer-enhanced video of a man in a tiger suit
Furious Andrew Holland revealed bungling cops wrecked his life by charged him with possessing “extreme-porn” – without realising the offending video was of a man in tiger suit.
Wrexham bus driver Andrew, 52, was shunned by his community, had fireworks put through his letterbox and received vile hatemail after he was charged.
He was on bail for six months before prosecutors finally admitted it was not a video of a real tiger having intercourse with a woman – but a crude computer-enhanced video of a man in a tiger suit.
Throughout the inquiry, police had ignored the fact the tiger was talking throughout the video as they had not turned on the sound.
At the end the big cat turned to the camera and said: “That beats doing adverts for a living… that’s grrrreat!”
The blunder did not come to light until Andrew ended up in Mold Crown Court. When the CPS realised there was a soundtrack for the six-seconds of footage they dropped the case.
Andrew said his crime investigation hell began after he had an argument with his partner and police seized his computer.
“A couple of days later they turned up on my doorstep and arrested me for possessing extreme porn.
“I thought I had been set up. I told them, ‘There is nothing like that on my computer.’”
Officers took the father-of-five to Wrexham police station.
“The police said the tiger looked real,” Andrew said.
“They had no audio. It didn’t look at all real when it started talking.
“You can imagine the stress I was under at the time telling the police that tigers did not really talk.
“But the police were not interested.”
Just 24 hours before the matter went to court in December 2009 the Crown Prosecution Service were confident there was a case to answer.
But when the case went to court, Andrew insisted on turning on the soundtrack.
“When the judge listened you could tell it was not real.
“But by that time the damage had been done.”
Andrew could have faced six years in prison.
“This has affected my job prospects and relationships and I have had to move out of the area,” he added.
“When someone points at you and says, ‘You got done for extreme porn’ other people listen.
“When you put my name in Google it was coming up saying ‘child porn’ and everything.
“I was victimised and threatened and I was booted in the back.
“I had hate mail and fireworks put through my door.”
Three men turned up at his house and threatened him.
He received “hundreds” of vile e-mails and letters.
“They said my face would be slashed and that I was a dead man.
“They told me not to go out in the area, not to leave my house.”
The bus driver lost his job and was denied contact with his daughter for a year. He spent six months on bail.
Things got so bad that Andrew considered suicide.
“I thought about suicide but then I said, ‘No, I need to clear my name,’” Andrew said.
Then he suffered a heart attack and has not long come out of hospital.
He is now working with obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman to have the law changed.
“They had not looked at the video itself,” Mr Jackman said.
“They just assumed that it was what it was supposed to be.
“This is very problematic. It is very worrying that this can happen.”
Mr Jackman wants the CPS to change their prosecution guidelines.
“We are also asking the Home Secretary to look at the law to see if it compatible with the Human Rights Act,” he said.
“If we do not get the desired response we will seek a judicial review in the High Court.”
The CPS said: “We can confirm we have received a letter from the defendant’s solicitors.
“The main issue raised in the letter concerns a proposed change or repeal to the law in relation to extreme pornography which is a matter for the Home Office.”
The Home Office said it was a matter for Ministry of Justice.
“We don’t have any plans to change the law,” a spokesman said.
He said it for the CPS to explain why they thought it was in the public interest to prosecute Mr Holland.
North Wales Police said: “We are not making any comment on this.”

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