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Sunday 17 November 2019

Guerin's child porn sentence

A brother of the murdered crime journalist Veronica Guerin has received a fully suspended sentence for possession of child pornography.

Martin Guerin (68) of Portmarnock Drive, Portmarnock, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to knowingly possessing 901 images and 146 video files of child pornography at his address on September 17, 2014.

Mr Guerin's sister Veronica was shot dead in her car while stopped at traffic lights on the Naas Road at Newlands Cross on June 26, 1996.

Passing sentence last week, Judge Martin Nolan said that the court should consider a non-custodial sentence in cases of this nature in which there were no aggravating factors such as previous convictions. He said there were no aggravating factors in this case.

Judge Nolan said the mitigating factors in the case were Guerin's guilty plea, his co-operation with gardaí, his immediate admissions, his good work history and his lack of previous convictions.

He said he could accept that Guerin had been shamed by the situation and it had caused marital disharmony.

He said Guerin was 'a well-known man' and was being 'publicly shamed'.

Judge Nolan said unfortunately for society and the court cases such as this come before the court 'with some frequency'.

He said a psychological report before the court stated it was unlikely Guerin would offend in this manner again and it 'seems unjust' to imprison him, according to the Judge.

Judge Nolan sentenced Guerin to two and a half years imprisonment, but suspended the sentence in its entirety on condition he keep the peace and be of 'good behaviour' for two and a half years.

Fingal Independent

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