June 2013

Jailed for possession of child abuse images

A Craigavon man has been jailed for having indecent photographs of children.

Twenty six year old Christopher Cork, Drumellan Court, Craigavon, appeared last Wednesday at the Crown Court.

He faced a total of 16 charges and was convicted on 13 of them with the other three left on the books.

Cork was charged with having the pornographic images on August 25, 2011.

Having taken into account the defendant’s early plea the judge sentenced him to a total sentence of 15 months.

Three months of this sentence was in custody and 12 on licence when he is released.

Having been convicted in respect of a sexual offence covered by the Sexual Offences Act 2003 the defendant was notified in open court of his requirement to comply with the notification requirements of the Act for a period of ten years.

The court also considered that a Sexual Offences Prevention Order should be made,

Cork is banned from owning or having access to a computer or any other electronic device/storage media that has the capacity for the Internet, without the prior knowledge and approval of his Designated Risk Manager.

He is also prohibited from denying access to any said devices when requested for inspection by a police officer.

Cork is not allowed to deleted any history from devices which he has been given approval to use by Designated Risk Manager.

Because he was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 12 months or more it was ordered that the defendant be disqualified from working with children, under the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Order 2003.