Thursday 17 August 2017

Child porn stash included 100 pictures of babies

Conor Gallagher

A FORMER Central Bank worker was yesterday convicted of possessing hundreds of thousands of child pornography images and videos.

A jury took just 20 minutes to find 65-year-old Raphael Farina (left) guilty of having the material, which included over 100 images of babies.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday he stored the files on his home computer and on hundreds of discs in a box, which he kept at work.

Farina, of Spranger's Yard, Crow Street, Temple Bar, pleaded not guilty to three counts of possession of child pornography at his home on June 6, 2007

His defence counsel did not contest the evidence and told the judge they were only contesting the validity of the search warrant used by gardai.

Sergeant Paul Murphy told the court that gardai called to Farina's home with a warrant.

Farina let the search take place and admitted he possessed the material saying, "There's no point in denying it".

He said he had been downloading adult and child pornography since 1997.

Farina said he got the files from websites or online bulletin boards and never took pictures or paid for them.

Detective Garda Gerard Keane told the court that he found around 10,000 images and videos in folders labelled with titles such as "freshly creamed lolitas" and "prepubes".

There were also 108 images of pornography involving babies.

Det Gda Keane agreed that Farina's original hard drive had been "mislaid" since his arrest but he said he had already made a forensic duplicate of it.

The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict.

Judge Patricia Ryan remanded Farina on continuing bail until next month.

Irish Independent

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