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Saturday 16 December 2017

Child porn pair were caught by chance with 92 images

Kevin Bowes
Kevin Bowes

TWO men were discovered to be sending dozens of images of child pornography to each other when one of them accidentally sent an image of a naked 12-year-old girl to a female acquaintance.

Kevin Bowes (60) later told this woman he would cut her throat after she had reported the image to gardai.

Bowes and his co-accused Kenneth Powell (47) were found with a total of 92 images depicting children - aged under 10 and up to 17 - engaged in sexual activity with each other and with adults.

Bowes of Markievicz House, Townsend Street, Dublin and Powell of Bessborough Avenue, North Strand, Dublin both pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography at their homes in March 2011. Bowes also pleaded guilty to intimidating a witness at Markievicz House on July 12, 2011.

Powell admitted a separate charge of sending an indecent message by telephone on February 14, 2011. He had telephoned Child Fund Ireland and made obscene comments to the volunteer staff manning the telephones.

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Detective Inspector Michael Cryan told Dominic McGinn 
SC, prosecuting, that the volunteers had found the calls particularly disturbing. Det Insp Cryan said that the child pornography offences came to light after Bowes inadvertently sent an image to Carol Anne Montgomery, who he knew.

The image was captioned "She's 12, she's 12". The woman brought the image to gardai and in March 2011 they went to Bowes' flat and seized three mobile phones.

Gardai found thousands of texts sent between Bowes and a man named as "Kinky Ken" or "Master Ken" in Bowes' mobile which gardai linked to Powell.

Some of the texts were lurid in detail and in 39 of them Powell talked about abusing children.

The following July, Bowes threatened Ms Montgomery, telling her through the door of a flat: "I will cut your throat if you don't drop the charges".

Ms Montgomery said that because of Bowes' threats she has slept with a spade beside her bed and an iron bar in the sitting room.

Bowes' previous convictions include robbery and the breach of a protection order in 1992. Powell was previously convicted of harassment in 2000.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned sentencing until later this month.

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