Ashley David Hallam: Fishing enthusiast charged over the shocking viral sex video of a woman being pleasured by a live brown TROUT

Ashley Hallam and Catherine Lee charged over viral videosOne film featured a sex act with a brown troutIn another, they allegedly had sex on a grave 

A Tasmanian man who was charged over a viral sex video featuring a woman on a boat and a live brown trout has been revealed to be a fishing enthusiast.

Ashley David Hallam, 55, and Catherine June Lee, 58, were charged last February over allegations they produced bestiality material sometime between February 1, 2022, and January 25, 2023.

Police will allege the disturbing film showed Lee lying on a boat at sea, somewhere near the south of the island state, while Hallam used the fish to perform a sex act on her.

The couple were also charged over a second home video that showed them having sex on the grave of the famous painter David Hammond Chapman at St Mark's Anglican Cemetery in Cressy, in the state's north.

Hallam faced Hobart Magistrates Court over the bestiality charges on Friday while Lee was excused because she had not been issued with a summons, The Mercury reported.

Ashley Hallam (right) is a fishing enthusiast who often shares photos of his catches online

Ashley Hallam (right) is a fishing enthusiast who often shares photos of his catches online

Pictured: A screenshot of an alleged sex act at a cemetery in Tasmania

Pictured: A screenshot of an alleged sex act at a cemetery in Tasmania

It can now be revealed that Hallam is a keen angler who regularly posts about his fishing and cooking exploits in local Facebook groups.

Many of the posts feature selfies holding his enormous catch, while others include culinary advice.

In January, in a group called 'Australian carp slayers', he wrote: 'Hi all! I just wanted to introduce myself and share a photo that I took... this guy ate a vibe... pulled like a train.'

The image showed him standing in a boat, triumphantly holding a giant carp.

Another post in February showed Hallam holding another large fish, alongside photos of the dish he cooked with it.

'I love these things,' he wrote.

'Hooked strait out of the depths into a salt water brine... three hours later served with a beautiful Galliano light sauce and some roasted cauliflower from the garden... #freshisbest.'

Hallam (pictured) is accused of producing and possessing bestiality material

Hallam (pictured) is accused of producing and possessing bestiality material

Hallam also posts pictures of his dishes on culinary Facebook groups (pictured)

Hallam also posts pictures of his dishes on culinary Facebook groups (pictured)

Following the charges in February 2023, Lee's former employer at Kingston Animal Hospital, Dr Chris Lee, addressed the trout video in a statement.

'Dear valued clients, pets and supporters of Kingston Animal Hospital,' Dr Lee wrote online.

'It has come to my recent attention that an ex-employee of the hospital has recently been the subject of attention by appearing in a video that has been widely circulated on social media.

'Please understand that this person is no longer a paid employee, has not worked at Kingston Animal Hospital for over 5 years, and over 10 years ago as a full-time employee.'

At the time, police reminded members of the public it is an offence to possess or distribute the bestiality material.

The matter will return to court on August 20.

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