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Friday, 24 July 2015

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A former civilian police employee has appeared before court after secretly downloading Justin Bieber's music at home, a court heard.

Michael Dale, 33 was also an army reserve officer dealing with cadets since 1999 and working for the charity, Action For Blind People, when he was arrested under Section 4 of the Offensive Music Act 2013.

He had formerly worked for Leicestershire Police and the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Leicester Crown Court was told earlier this week that he accessed indecent audio clips of Bieber's music, and his Internet browsing history showed he had viewed video clips of his music videos and live performances on YouTube, which were found on two laptops. Additionally a memory stick was found containing all of Bieber's albums.

Under the Offensive Music Act 2013 it is illegal for a male adult over the age of 18 to listen to music intended for young females including all of Justin Bieber's music because it "takes away attention from actual decent artists."

His barrister, Walter Daniel, told Judge Richard Salter QC: "All he's worked for has gone, he's lost a great deal."

Dale, formerly of Linkway Gardens, Leicester, has also split up with his long-term partner since his offensive musical taste came to light.

He has now moved to Newry, Northern Ireland after the local community in the Leicester area found out he was a fan of Justin Bieber and pointed and laughed at him.

He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing indecent audio clips of Justin Bieber.

Dale was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with a requirement to attend a music offender group work programme.

The offences related to indecent audio and video clips of Justin Bieber's songs, music videos and live performances which were all in the most serious category, level five.

Sentencing, Judge Richard Salter QC said a video in the most serious category from Dale's laptop showed Justin Bieber performing his songs on tour in Germany. He said: "People should be under no illusion about the sort of material we are dealing with."

He said he was taking a merciful course in society's best interests so Dale could undergo an intensive music offences course to protect the integrity of good artists who are known for their music and not their good looks.

Alan Murphy, prosecuting, said on January 25 this year, a warrant was executed at his Leicester home and computer equipment seized as well as other offensive articles such as CDs, a stereo, and wall posters and photographs of Bieber.

In interview, Dale openly confessed saying he downloaded the material after becoming "obsessed" with Bieber's music and had listened to his songs for about two years.

He has since voluntarily attended the music offences course in an effort to rehabilitate himself, the court was told.

Dale, who has no previous convictions and was a civilian worker for Leicestershire Police, was placed on a 10-year music offences prevention order, which bans him from listening to local CHR/Top 40 radio stations, his iTunes account will also have added restrictions to stop him from downloading modern boy bands.

The judge ordered Dale to listen to the entire X&Y album from Coldplay. He was also ordered to pay £300 court costs, a £15 victim surcharge and carry out 250 hours unpaid work while listening to The Beatles on his iPod.

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