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Judge 'appalled' at child porn

More than 1,000 pornographic pictures of children were found on an alleged paedophile's computer after police raided his home, the High Court has heard.

Some of the images showed children as young as three being raped.   The details emerged on Tuesday in a bail application by a 27-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons.   The man faces ten charges of making and possessing indecent images of children.

A Crown lawyer told the court in Belfast that police raided the man's home last June as part of UK-wide child pornography crackdown Operation Ore.   Barrister Joseph Aiken said his client was suspected of downloading child abuse images from a website whose operators had since been jailed.

Mr Aiken told the court: "When the computer was examined it was found to contain 1,041 indecent images of children and up to 10,000 images which, though not indecent, displayed a dangerous and unnatural interest in children."

He said the police also seized 163 explicit movies of children and the man's mobile phone, which contained photographs and images of children in school uniform.

Mr Aiken said the man was arrested last week and that police were objecting to bail "in the strongest possible terms because they believe he represents a risk to children".

Mr Justice Coghlin said the material was of an "appalling nature" which "must rank among the worst of that type that I have ever heard of".

The judge said the man had been collecting the material for years yet he had no convictions to indicate he was a danger to children.

Adjourning the application, the judge said he would like a medical report before coming to a decision about bail.

Source:  BBC

 
 

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