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Fake garda caught with child porn and gun stash

A SERIAL garda impersonator who stopped Dublin motorists for speeding and having no lights has been given an 18-month suspended sentence for possessing unlicenced firearms and child porn.

William Derwin (41) revealed he had stopped members of the public four times while dressed as a garda and had tried to "blag" his way out of a checkpoint in this way before he was finally caught dangerously driving a Ford Mondeo fitted with aerials to look like an official unmarked patrol vehicle.

Garda Robert Roe said Derwin was "almost proud" when he told colleagues he had more garda-type paraphernalia at home and "enthusiastically" showed officers around his extensive collection, which included handcuffs, a radio scanner, camouflage equipment, a garda-style shirt, tie and gloves and a Pearse Street Garda Station calling card.

Officers became more concerned when they discovered Derwin had three unlicenced firearms, 175 rounds of blank shotgun ammunition and around 72 images of naked and semi-naked boys from eight to 15 years old downloaded on to A4 photographic paper and bound in an album.

Derwin later claimed the pictures now "repulsed" him and that he had downloaded them while discovering he was gay.

Derwin, of Dolmen Court, Poppintree, Ballymun, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to impersonating a garda on North Circular Road and possessing a 9mm Glock pistol, a Beretta pistol, a rifle, ammunition and child porn at his home on November 9, 2008.

He has no previous convictions and is currently on dialysis for four hours a day, three times a week.

Counsel submitted to Judge Patrick McCartan that his client wished to apologise in court to the gardai and members of the public he had tricked.

Judge McCartan said he hoped Derwin had learned his lesson and would not re-offend now his name had been added to the sex offenders register.

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