A student studying animal management at Pembrokeshire College built up a library of illegal pictures depicting humans and animals having sex, a judge heard today (Friday).

Harri Brough, aged 19, admitted possessing 284 images classed in law as being extreme pornography.

Swansea crown court heard how police found the images on his laptop.

His barrister, Ieuan Rees, said Brough had been expected to search the internet for matters relating to animals as part of his studies and had come across the images by chance.

However, he accepted it had been wrong for him to keep the images for as long as four years in some cases.

Brough, who has since moved to Southampton, was jailed for 16 weeks, suspended for a year. He was also placed under supervision for 12 months and ordered to complete a one-to-one course to help him understand the harm that was caused in the creation of the images.

Judge Paul Thomas told him that people with similar tastes helped to create a market for images that were produced only after women had been forced to take part in activities they found repugnant.