On 1st September 2016 Cyprian Okoro, a GP from South London, was found guilty at the Old Bailey off six ‘pornography offences’.
These were one count of indecent images – an ‘indecent video of a two-year-old boy‘ (no more details available), and five of extreme pornography – in this case videos of bestiality.
These appeared to consist of a video of a man having sex with a snake (it’s not clear how exactly), one of a woman having sex with a horse, and three of people having sex with a dog.
It seems that Dr Okoro had received all of these videos on WhatsApp, and had stored them on his phone (the law on this can get quite complicated -see here for a recent example)
Sentence was adjourned until 30th September 2016.
What will he get?
The jury were told, after they had convicted Dr Okoro, that he has one previous conviction for Sexual Assault in 2014, for which he was given a Suspended Sentence.
It isn’t clear whether these images were found during the investigation of the Sexual Assault matter, or afterwards. If it is the latter, then it may be that this would put him in breach of the suspended sentence. If that’s the case, then he is pretty much guaranteed to go to prison.
Either way, the starting point is the Sentencing Guidelines – see page 75. This relates to the indecent image offence, there aren’t any guidelines for the extreme pornography.
The sentence will depend very much on what the image was of (see the table at page 77) – it ranges from a Community Order up to 3 years, although the fact that there was only one is a strong mitigating feature.
We will return to this when he is sentence, or when there is more information.