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Friday 29 August 2014

Child porn found at garda worker's home, court told

A CIVILIAN worker at Garda Headquarters in Dublin has appeared in court charged with possession of child pornography at his home.

Anthony Purdy (39) was charged following a raid on his west Dublin home in which the material was allegedly found.

The case against him was initially due to be heard at Dublin District Court, but the DPP has now asked a judge to reconsider the issue of jurisdiction after five videos were added to the prosecution's file.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned the case for the videos to be played to the court.

The DPP is still consenting to summary trial in the District Court but asked the judge to decide again after the addition of the video evidence.

It is open to the judge to refuse jurisdiction and if this happens, the case would be heard instead by a judge and jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where the potential penalties on conviction are more severe.



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Purdy, of Rosscourt Heights, Balgaddy Road, Lucan is accused of one count of possession of child pornography at his home on April 13, 2010.

The charge, contrary to Section 6 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, relates to "text stories depicting children engaged in sexual acts". Detective Garda James Neary of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation told the court jurisdiction had been accepted by the judge in July.

Subsequently, the DPP had recommended that the case go back to Judge O'Donnell.

Garda Neary explained that five video files had been added to the prosecution evidence.

The court heard the files are alleged to depict children engaged in sexual activities.

The case was adjourned to a court where it was possible to play the video files. The accused did not address the court during the brief hearing.

aphelan@herald.ie

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