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HORRIFIED Vegan activist furious with animal porn charge after handing over vile images as 'whistle blower'

Mum Tuesday Goti is ready to go 'full west Belfast' on the PPS for damaging her reputation with 'nonsense' charges

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Tuesday Goti wants to clear her name in front of a judge

Tuesday Goti wants to clear her name in front of a judge

Tuesday Goti wants to clear her name in front of a judge

A woman who has devoted her life to saving animals has been charged with possession of vile animal pornography.

But in an incredible twist, mum Tuesday Goti has revealed that she was arrested after she had been sent three sick images on WhatsApp and handed over her phone to police as a “whistle-blower”.

But the animal rights activist, who recently escaped going to jail for stealing three chickens from a farm, says she’s “horrified” that she has been summoned to appear in court this week.

She said police offered her a caution but she would rather have a day in court to clear her name instead of getting a criminal conviction for “trying to do the right thing”.

And she says she wants to talk to the judge and is ready to go “full west Belfast” on the PPS for damaging her reputation with “nonsense” charges.

The 35-year-old, from Lisburn, is highly respected within animal rights circles and has repeatedly broken the law for the cause. She has even protested topless to oppose bullfighting in Spain.

On Thursday she faces a judge at Lisburn Magistrates Court where she’s been charged with having three extreme pornographic images on April 4, 2019.

But before she appears, she says she wants to set the record straight about how the charges came about.

“I’m absolutely furious they have charged me with this, it’s completely ridiculous,” she told the Sunday World.

Tuesday said she reported the images after they were sent to an old WhatsApp group.

“It’s [the WhatsApp group] pretty rough, people send all kinds of things and I have a pretty dark sense of humour. The lads used to call me ‘Captain Planet’ because of my animal rights views.

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“They’d send me all kinds of things to wind me up – I used to go nuts at them if they sent me pics or videos of animals being abused.”

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Vegan activist Tuesday Goti speaks to the Sunday World with her daughter Ara. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Vegan activist Tuesday Goti speaks to the Sunday World with her daughter Ara. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Vegan activist Tuesday Goti speaks to the Sunday World with her daughter Ara. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Tuesday says she couldn’t even remember being sent the three still images which she is being prosecuted for.

“I don’t even see half the messages, but WhatsApp pictures automatically save to my phone,” she says.

“This has dragged on for three years now and only came about because I handed my phone over to police after someone sent me a video on a WhatsApp group of a little boy being abused.

“I was horrified, it was a wee boy who was only five or six and a woman was performing a lap-dance.

“I was left in tears about it and asked for advice from friends on Facebook about what to do.

“Everyone said I should report it but before I got the chance someone reported it for me and when the police called, I told them I was expecting them.

“The police told me they were treating me as the victim and took the phone away but two years later they came back and said they’d found these other three images on the phone and they were going to prosecute me.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was horrified. I thought I’d done the right thing by handing my phone over but now I’m being dragged to court.

“All of the images were sent on the WhatsApp group. One was of a woman having sex with a horse which I remembered because I remember going mental at the group because they know I hate animal abuse stuff.

“I never sent them on to anyone and they saved to my phone.”

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Tuesday Goti

Tuesday Goti

Tuesday Goti

Tuesday says her mental health has suffered because of these charges but is refusing to accept she has done anything wrong.

“The police were calling at my house at all hours and doing my head in just weeks after I’d given birth to Ara,” she says.

“The first time they called out a year after I’d reported the abusive video they called out at 12.30 at night to tell me they were treating me as a victim but it was a full year later they called to tell me they’d found the other pictures.

“They told me they weren’t doing me for the abusive video which they told me they had traced to somewhere in England but they were doing me for having three extreme pornographic images.

“They said I could accept a caution there and then but I told them in no uncertain terms to f**k off, no way was I accepting a criminal conviction after trying to do the right thing.

“I told them they can take me to court and I’d fight it all the way. I’ve told my solicitor I want to speak at my hearing and I’m ready to go full west Belfast on them.”

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Animal rights activist Tuesday Goti (34) is due in court for handling animal porn video, that she made police aware of

Animal rights activist Tuesday Goti (34) is due in court for handling animal porn video, that she made police aware of

Animal rights activist Tuesday Goti (34) is due in court for handling animal porn video, that she made police aware of

She says she has had to talk to the various animal rights groups she supports and works with to explain the situation.

“I have a reputation with various groups, and I’ve had to call them and explain what has happened,” she said.

“I was so worried they’d see the headlines after court and think I was into kiddie porn or something. How would that look?

“I’m studying counselling and psychology at Belfast Met and if I had accepted a caution for extreme pornography it could damage my future.”

Last year Tuesday told the Sunday World she was going to continue to protest but try to stay within the law as she had to think about her young child, Ara – whose name stands for Animal Rights Activist.

She faced a potential 12-month jail sentence for stealing the three chickens but after pleading guilty a judge handed her a four-month prison term, suspended for three years.

Ballymena Magistrates Court was told how the farmer contacted police having been made aware of a video circulating on social media which showed a female entering an out-building and lifting three chickens.

“Police viewed the footage and identified a vehicle, a grey Mercedes, linked to it,” said a prosecutor, explaining that while the car was registered to another woman, it had been Goti who had entered the hen house.

When cops arrived at Goti’s house, they found the chickens, alive and well, in her bedroom.

steven.moore@sundayworld.com

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