Monday 20 November 2017

Woman bids to change child-porn guilty plea

Sonya McLean and Declan Brennan

A WOMAN who previously admitted to the possession of child pornography is seeking to withdraw her guilty plea.

Tanya Mulryan (30), of Foynes Court, Longford, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having child pornography images printed on an A4 page at her home on February 7, 2006.

The office of the DPP has previously indicated that it intended to drop a second charge of having child pornography images at her home on February 6, 2006.

Mary Rose Gearty, defending, told Judge Mary Ellen Ring that there was a serious danger of a miscarriage of justice occurring if her client's earlier guilty plea was accepted by the court.

She said the court had the power in exceptional cases to allow an accused person to change their pleas.

Tara Burns, prosecuting, told the court that the State did not accept Ms Mulryan's claims that she was acting under the coercion of her father when she made admissions to gardai.

Judge Ring put the case back one week to consider her ruling.

Irish Independent

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