March 2021

Former childcare worker distributed vile child sexual images and videos

A former childcare worker has been jailed for nine months for distributing vile child sexual abuse imagery including a video involving the abuse of a small baby.
Cork District Court heard that gardaí were alerted to the offensive images forwarded by grandmother and mother-of-four Evelyn Ajie (51) by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and IT giants Google.
Ajie – of Clifton Terrace, Summerhill North Cork and formerly from Nigeria – received the images as part of a WhatsApp group with members across Europe and Africa including Italy, Spain and Nigeria.
She pleaded guilty to three charges before Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court.
Two charges included that she knowingly distributed child sexual abuse movies whereby she knowingly showed it or facilitated any activity for the purpose of distribution, publication, exportation or show on September 1, 2019 and October 5, 2019.
The third charge was that she knowingly had in her possession three videos described as child sex abuse imagery and which were stored on an electronic device.
Ajie received the indecent videos, which involved the sexual abuse of a baby and a pre-pubescent boy of 12, as part of the WhatsApp group and then forwarded them on to others.
Ajie – who has four children and eight grandchildren – was jailed for nine months.

Judge Kelleher refused to suspend any portion of the sentence.