QUOTE (Beetlebop @ 29/01/2013, 05:33 PM)
A decent defence seems to mean make sh*t up, no matter how stupid it sounds, to try get yourself out of trouble. I don't see that as defence, just lying.
He had 45 000 images with 20% of the involving horrific abuse. How does looking at children being horrifically abused relieve stress?
I don't necessarily think it is an invented excuse. I've done a fair bit of reading on child sexual abuse, and it seems that for some offenders, it's not unrelated to the impulse to self harm. It's that kind of dysfunctional response to stress, something about shifting the pain, I don't really get it either.
Doesn't make it right. Doesn't make it any less messed up. But it really does seem that it's something that happens in some minds.