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Brits Still Enraged Over Violent Porn

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Mar 12, 2004 11:26 AM PST    Text size: 
UNITED KINGDOM – The family of Jane Longhurst continues to hold a political vigil with the British Government over the murder of their daughter Jane at the hands of a man who was obsessed with necrophilia porn websites.

Since the murder, the Longhurst family has been outspoken about the need for the government to curtail violent porn sites, in particular those that inspired the murder their daughter.

Graham Coutts was found guilty last month of strangling Jane Longhurst after going on an Internet porn binge. At his trial, Coutts admitted to a fondness for images of dead and strangled women.

New reports out of Britain Friday are saying that the Longhurst family and British Government officials are predicting that it will take them two years to close down all of the websites that Coutts regularly visited from his home in Hove, Sussex.

Computer experts have already managed to disable one of the website's billing pages, so that no new users can pay to view the images.

The Longhurst family met with Home Secretary David Blunkett, although Blunkett was only able to appease the family by saying that it could be a much longer process than expected and could possibly take several years.

"I think the government needs to become more savvy with this. I think they need to be educated," the victim's sister was quoted as saying, adding that only since the Longhurst family tragedy has the British Government opened a dialogue about curtailing certain porn content through Internet Service Providers.

A search and seizure of Coutts home immediately following the murder uncovered hundreds of images of asphyxia and necrophilia that Coutts had downloaded from the web before he strangled Longhurst, a schoolteacher from Brighton, with a pair of pantyhose.

According to reports, Coutts hid the victim's body for a month before setting fire to it. Shortly after disposing of the body, Coutts reportedly began searching the web for the same violent content that had driven him to murder in the first place.

The Longhurst family has also managed to set off an international furor over violent porn. Next week Blunkett and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jim Comey are scheduled to meet on how to curtail violent porn websites on a more global level.

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