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Man is accused of child porn

A MAN has appeared in court charged with having images of child porn at his Dublin home.

John O'Dowd (38) allegedly had pictures and movies on his computer which depicted children being sexually abused.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell remanded the matter to a date in November for DPP's directions on the charge.

The accused appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of child pornography, at his home at Beech Park in Lucan on September 4, 2010.

It is alleged that O'Dowd had computer images and movies depicting child sexual abuse after his home was searched by gardai.



Reveller is fined ¤250

A YOUNG man repeatedly failed to follow a garda's directions to leave a housing estate following complaints by residents about drinking and boisterous behaviour, a court heard.

Evan Clarke (20) claimed he was heading to the chipper and he had moved when told to do so by gardai.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell found him guilty of a public order offence and fined him €250.

The defendant, of Castleknock Green in Castleknock, denied that he failed to follow the directions of gardai at Carpenterstown pub on May 25. He denied he was in any way intimidating to the public.



Judge's fears



over St Pat's

A JUDGE has said he is "very concerned" about the recent report into the conditions in St Patrick's Institution.

Judge Anthony Halpin was speaking after he fined Noel Saunders (18), of Montpellier View in Tallaght, who admitted possession of cannabis herb.

Tallaght District Court heard the teen had spent the past few months in St Pat's, where he had had "great difficulties". Conditions were very poor and he had not got any exercise.

Judge Halpin said he was "very reluctant to detain a young person in inhumane conditions". He applied the Probation Act.


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