Prison for 'squish' video man.
Brian Patrick McCann (47), a publican from York Way, Kings Cross, north London, pleaded guilty last month to conspiring to publish obscene material.
He was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court to nine months in prison.
A police search of McCann's computer had revealed 40 files of 'squish' or 'crush' movies in which small animals such as kittens, guinea pigs, mice and even fish and earthworms were squashed to death, usually by a woman in high heels and wearing a short skirt.
Police also found various 'crush' pictures and three videos.
McCann had ordered the movies and stills over the Internet after discovering similar material in his Islington pub.
Judge Nicholas Medowar QC said McCann had directly contributed to the production of at least one of the films, ordering specific scenes to be inserted to satisfy his own desires.
He made reference to one video which depicted the crushing of a kitten in a bathroom by a woman wearing high heels.
The judge said the video was 'plainly dreadful and depraved'.
Clare Dobbin, defending, said McCann should be treated in a psychiatric clinic instead of being sent to prison.
She said he was a decent and highly regarded man who had been drinking heavily, using prescription amphetamines and was extremely depressed when he ordered the video to be made.
The judge said McCann had offered 'excuses more than explanations' and appeared to be in denial about the gravity of what he had done, and imposed a jail term to be effective immediately. Outside the court RSPCA inspector Simon Osborne, who witnessed scenes from the movies, said they were the most sickening he had seen in his six years as an animal protection officer.
'It was stomach churning, to say the least.'
Mr Osborne said the society was disappointed a tougher sentence had not been imposed and that animal cruelty had been dropped from the charge list.
Earlier this year the man and three women who made the video, all from Stoke-on-Trent, were also convicted of conspiring to publish obscene material.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||Nov 16, 2002|
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