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Face of former lawyer found with 646 porn images of babies and children

Paddy Clancy

Published 30/09/2015 | 02:30

Gerard Gilligan
Gerard Gilligan

Children and babies featured in hundreds of porn images downloaded by a 61-year-old father of four, a court heard.

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Former US lawyer Gerard Gilligan admitted possession of 646 images of child pornography at an address in Union Place in Sligo town.

Detective Julie Coyne told Sligo Circuit Court that in a raid on March 1, 2009, at the address where Gilligan was staying, she uncovered the images in a bin, a white plastic bag and in bedroom drawers.

She told Judge Keenan Johnson: "They were of children aged 12 and under, some of them involving babies. They were particularly offensive and distressing."

The court heard that, because of previous convictions in America, Gilligan was registered as a sex offender when he moved to Sligo in 2007.

Defence counsel Michael Bowman said that twice-married Gilligan was an alcoholic "incapable of managing certain urges".

Judge Johnson said he needs time to consider a penalty, and he adjourned the case until tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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