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'nonsense' 'Nonsense' animal abuse charges against vegan activist Tuesday Goti withdrawn

Tuesday Goti approached the police with images she had been sent on Whatsapp, but instead of helping her, the PSNI charged her

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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

Animal porn charges have been withdrawn against animal right's activist Tuesday Goti, we can reveal.

The 35-year-old, recently convicted of stealing chickens from a poultry farm, had been facing three counts of having extreme pornography.

But Lisburn Magistrates Court heard the charges were withdrawn after she accepted a police caution instead.

Earlier this month the highly respected animal campaigner told this paper how she was horrified at the PPS bringing the charges against her.

She said the charges only came about because she had handed her phone to cops to report a video of suspected child abuse which had been sent to her on WhatsApp.

She told us she had been planning to go "full west Belfast" on the PPS for slapping the "nonsense" charges on her.

She said she had been part of an old Army WhatsApp chat group and, knowing her background in animal rights, some members pushed the 'banter' too far and sent her shocking images to wind her up.

But she says she took the pragmatic decision to accept a police caution in case she got a judge who didn't understand her version and decided to send her to prison.

After her hearing she told the Sunday World: "It was relayed to me that I could accept a caution from him or could have written it up and done something else meaning I'd speak with probation before going up in front of the judge again. I'd have been given a fine or probation at best, placed on the register or prison at worst.

"The judge was lovely and I thought, 'Pick your battles Tuesday'. I'm not happy I have that on my record which could affect my employability in the field I am working towards but it's the best outcome possible I guess."

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