Man (43) admits to sex ‘with an animal’

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A civil engineer today admitted having sex with an animal, believed to be a dog.

Standing in the dock of Newry Crown Court in a blue suit, 43-year-old Garth Michael Williams admitted two counts of allowing himself to be penetrated by a living animal on a date unknown between February 1, 2009 and April 4 last year, saying simply “guilty” in a quiet voice.

In addition Williams, originally from South Africa but who was living in Co Down at the time of the offences, pleaded guilty to 10 charges of distributing indecent images of children, 17 counts of possessing or making indecent images of children and two further charges of possessing extreme pornography, all alleged to have occurred on various dates between October 10, 2011 and April 4, 2014.

Following the guilty pleas Williams, previously from the Mill Road, Ballyroney in Banbridge but now with an address at the Station Road in Portstewart, was remanded back into custody and will be sentenced at the end of May when probation and other reports will have been filed.

Adjourned passing sentence, Judge Kevin Finnegan QC advised Williams to “be frank” with those tasked with compiling the reports.