October 2014

Internet pervert admits downloading images of children being abused

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An internet pervert has admitted downloading images of children being abused.

Gavin John Moore, 37, pleaded guilty to eight offences of making and possessing indecent images of children on various dates between October 16, 2009 and September 13 last year.

However, the supermarket employee denied a further 20 similar charges while two counts of possessing a total of 21,972 images were not put.

The counts were put to Moore in their short form with the specific titles of the images, many of them graphic in nature, not read out by the clerk at Downpatrick Crown Court.

Defence lawyer Ian Turkington submitted that Moore’s guilty pleas “to each category of using and possessing [the images] covers the case” but prosecution lawyer Sam Magee said he would have to take instructions from his authorities as to whether the admissions met the justice of the case.

Moore, originally from Comber but now with an address on the Gortnageeragh Road in Ballymena, was released on continuing bail and ordered by Judge Gordon Kerr QC to come back to court next Tuesday to hear the PPS attitude.

Meanwhile, a man who had more than 3,000 indecent images of children on his computer has escaped a jail sentence.

Lawrence Henderson of Kilwilke Road, Lurgan, was placed on probation for three years on Thursday at Craigavon Crown Court on child pornography charges.

He had pleaded guilty to 26 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child and one charge of having in his possession 3,354 indecent photographs of children.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

The court heard the offences came to light when Henderson took his computer to a shop in Lurgan to have it repaired.

Staff discovered pornographic images and contacted police who arrested the 32-year-old when he returned to collect the computer.

The computer contained 208 category one pictures and four category two images.

And 3,347 category one pictures and one category two photograph were found on an external hard drive recovered during a search of his home and this contained

Henderson admitted to police that he had pornography on his computer but claimed the girls were aged over 18.

A prosecutor who had viewed the photographs said the maximum age of the girls would have been 12 to 13.

Judge Patrick Lynch told Henderson he had brought shame upon himself and his family.