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Sunday 28 May 2017

Man accused of having child porn at his home sent for trial

Peter Jennings has not yet indicated how he intends to plead
Peter Jennings has not yet indicated how he intends to plead

A Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of having child pornography at his home in the north of the city.

Peter Jennings (49) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Jennings, of Dunsink Road, Finglas, is charged with one count of possession of child pornographic images and video files.

The offence is alleged to have happened at his home address on July 13, 2010.

A state solicitor said the case was before the court for the service of a book of evidence. This was ready and was served on the defendant.

The state solicitor said there was a single charge contained in the book and the Director of Public Prosecutions was consenting to the case being returned for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge McHugh gave the defendant the formal notice that he must provide details of any alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial to the prosecution within 14 days.

Interview

He assigned free legal aid to cover a solicitor and one junior counsel in the circuit court, after an application was made and a statement of the defendant's financial means was handed in to court.

There was no garda objection.

The judge also ordered disclosure by the prosecution to the defence of copies of the video of the Mr Jennings' garda interview.

He remanded the defendant on bail under the same terms and conditions set down while his case was previously before the district court.

The case was adjourned to May 19, when the defendant will appear before court number five in the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Mr Jennings, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge, did not address the court during the brief proceedings.

He left the court after signing a new bail bond.

No details of the allegations against him were disclosed in court.

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