Programmer sentenced for Internet porn

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 September, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 September, 1996, 12:00am
 

The first man convicted of providing hard-core pornography on a Hong Kong Internet World Wide Web site was given a two-year suspended sentence in the High Court yesterday.


The site contained over 1,500 pictures. It showed a range of sexual acts, including adults and animals having intercourse, and children and adults performing various sexual acts.


Mr Justice Raymond Sears, after viewing samples of the 'hard-core porn', described the computer graphics as being of a 'high quality'.


'One of the many problems is that children may see this pornography and be harmed,' Mr Justice Sears said.


'The law takes a very serious view of commercial pornography.' Computer programmer Lui Kin-wah, 24, was convicted by Magistrate Timothy Jenkins for publishing obscene articles. He was sentenced on June 24 to four months in prison.


The steamy pornography site, called 'Cool As Joey', was discovered by an off-duty policeman who was surfing the Net.


After investigating the material, he reported it to the Commercial Crime Bureau.


One of the Bureau officers logged into the site and downloaded the obscene picture files. The files contained pictures of intercourse between humans and oral sex between a human and an animal.


But defence barrister Ken Ng Kin-man claimed Lui was not selling the material though a tag-line on site asked users to deposit cash into Lui's bank account if they stayed on for more than 20 minutes.


Mr Ng said that money was to cover the cost of electricity and a dedicated telephone line, not for profit.


'It is as if he was having a party at his house and his friends brought porn videos,' Mr Ng said.


Users of the Bulletin Board Service could retrieve or download pictures from the 'Cool As Joey' site.


Mr Justice Sears called it 'an unusual case,' because it was the first time in Hong Kong that someone had been convicted of using the information highway for the distribution of pornography.


He called Lui a man of 'good character' who was 'unlikely to be a repeat offender' and suspended the two-year sentence.


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