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A woman accused of recording videos of monkey torture has been released on bail

A judge has adjourned the trial against a woman accused of posting videos of monkey torture on internet chat groups.

Adriana Orme appeared in person at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday and was released on conditional bail after her lawyer asked for access to a Dutch translator.

It is alleged that the 55-year-old published an obscene article by uploading one photo and 26 videos of monkeys being tortured between April 14 and June 16, 2022, and encouraged or assisted the infliction of unnecessary suffering by making a payment of £10 to to the foundation PayPal account April 26, 2022

She has not yet responded to the charges, but her co-defendant, Holly LeGresley, is awaiting sentencing after admitting she uploaded 22 photos and 132 videos of monkeys being tortured to online news groups.

A brief hearing at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday was told that psychiatric reports were being prepared ahead of LeGresley’s sentencing at a later date.

The 37-year-old, who was charged following a BBC investigation into the torture of monkeys abroad, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing at Worcester Magistrates’ Court.

Orme, of The Beeches, Ryall, near Upton-upon Severn, Worcestershire, was granted an adjournment of the hearing on the charges after her lawyer Curtis Myrie made submissions to Judge James Burbidge KC.

Adjourning the case, the judge told Orme: “I work on the basis that you understand me, but your lawyer has asked, given the importance of the matters charged against you, for the assistance of an interpreter in your first language, which is Dutch.

“I agreed to this request.

“I hope it will be possible to arrange a conference for you with him and a Dutch translator before returning to court on June 19.”