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Thursday 18 September 2014

Child porn pair had discussed abusing victims in 39 texts

Declan Brennan

Published 29/07/2014 | 10:13

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Bowes (Kevin) Possession of child porn images, Dublin district Court, 11-7-12
Pic shows:  Kevin Bowes (58), Markievicz House, Dublin of leaving court yesterday (Wed.) where he appeared on charges of possession of child porn images on his mobile in March 2011.
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Kevin Bowes
Powell (Kenneth) Possession of child porn images, Dublin district Court, 11-7-12Pic shows: Kenneth Powell (45), of Bessborough Avenue, Dublin, leaving court yesterday (Wed.) where he appeared on charges of possession of child porn images on his mobile in March 2011. Pic: Courtpix

A man who had pornographic images of children as young as 10 on his phone was forced to leave his home because of media reports of these offences, a court has heard.

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Kevin Bowes (61) was caught after he accidentally sent an image of a naked 12-year-old girl to a female acquaintance, who reported it to gardaí.

He later told this woman he would cut her throat if she didn't drop the charges.

Bowes and his co-accused Kenneth Powell (47) were found with a total of 92 images depicting children engaged in sexual activity with each other and with adults.

The boys and girls depicted were aged from under 10 and up to 17 and some of the images showed young teenage girls dressed in school uniforms.

Bowes of Markievicz House, Townsend Street, Dublin and Powell of Bessborough Avenue, North Strand, Dublin both pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography at their homes in March 2011.

Bowes also pleaded guilty to intimidating a witness at Markievicz House on July 12, 2011.

Judge Patricia Ryan asked for Probation Service reports to be carried out on both men. She remanded them in custody for sentencing in October and ordered that they be registered as sex offenders.

Detective Inspector Michael Cryan told Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, that in January 2011 Bowes inadvertently sent an image to Carol Anne Montgomery, who he knew.

The image was captioned "She's 12, she's 12".

The woman brought the image to gardaí and in March 2011 they went to Bowes' flat and seized three mobile phones.

Gardaí found thousands of texts sent between Bowes and a man named in the phone as "Kinky Ken" or "Master Ken".

Gardaí linked this contact number to Powell. Some of the texts were lurid in detail and Powell talked about abusing children in 39 messages.

The following July, Bowes threatened Ms Montgomery, telling her through the front door of a flat: "I will cut your throat if you don't drop the charges."

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