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Saturday 23 March 2019

Trial set in child porn case

Nicola Donnelly

A man charged with knowingly possessing and distributing child pornography has been sent forward for trial by judge and jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The 31-year-old man, who cannot be named as reporting restrictions have been imposed, was served with a book of evidence after he appeared before Swords District Court.

The court previously heard the Director of Public Prosecutions consents for the accused to be sent forward for trial on indictment on two charges.

The Director of Public Prosecutions also consents for the accused to be sentenced at circuit court level on a guilty plea, should that arise.

The man appearing at Swords District Court has been charged with two offences under Section 5 Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1998 for allegedly knowingly possessing and distributing child pornography at his home address on January 11, 17.

Judge Miriam Walsh sent the accused forward to the circuit court where he will make his next court appearance in Court 5 on March 1.

Judge Walsh also gave the accused the alibi warning.

The accused has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Judge Walsh assigned solicitor Amanda Connolly two counsel and remanded the accused on the same bail conditions as imposed at a previous court sitting.

As part of his bail conditions the accused has to sign on three days a week at a north county Dublin garda station.

He also must provide gardai with his mobile number and he must notify local gardai of any change of address.

The accused was also ordered at Swords District Court to surrender his passport as part of his bail conditions.

Fingal Independent

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