Bird-bothering sicko performed sex act on seagull while watching vile films

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    A twisted pervert who carried out a "bizarre" sexual act on a seagull has been sentenced to 24 weeks in prison.

    David Lee, 40, from Roker Avenue, Sunderland was caught on CCTV kneeling down in an alleyway with a wild bird between his legs.

    Appearing at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday afternoon, the weirdo was told he'd spend the next 24 weeks behind bars for carrying out a sexual act involving a herring gull that caused unnecessary suffering to the bird.

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    The offence comes under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and he had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing, ChronicleLive reports.

    Video footage which was shown in court in April showed Lee at around 1am pull his pants off and appearing to commit a sex act with the herring gull while he watched pornography on his phone.

    Ending his sick session, Lee kicked the abused bird away and walked off into the night.

    Lesley Burgess, prosecuting, says: “The first CCTV clip shows him at around 1am where he runs down the street trying to chase a seagull.

    "Footage then moves to a back alley where he is shown walking with a baby gull in his arms.

    "The defendant takes his phone out and takes down his trousers and places the phone on a box."

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    She continues: “He then kneels down and it is clear he’s carrying out a sex act. He moves the gull between his legs for a time.

    "He engages in a sexual act with the baby gull. He then stands back up and kicks (the bird) away.”

    The court heard that Lee initially denied the offence, saying he was helping an injured gull and was using his phone to search for a vet.

    However, when his phone was later checked, “animal porn” was found on his phone, which he had been viewing at the time.

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    Annalisa Moscardini, defending, says it is an “unusual offence” and that “alcohol is quite heavily involved here”.

    She said Lee suffers from “blackouts” due to his alcohol use and that his initial not guilty plea was because there was “genuine disbelief” he’d done it.

    However, after viewing the CCTV he accepted he was responsible.

    She said: “He doesn’t have a recollection of it and can’t explain why it happened.”

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    She added there was no intention to harm the bird but that there was a “deliberate disregard for the welfare of the animal”.

    Ms Moscardini told the court that there is “detailed background” and that a psychiatrist found Lee has “unstable personality disorder” and a “detachment from reality”.

    She added Lee has a disorder which is “colloquially known as pathological lying”.

    He must pay £300 costs and a £150 surcharge and has also been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

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