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Friday 19 July 2019

Brother of Veronica admits child porn charge

Martin Guerin pleaded guilty
Martin Guerin pleaded guilty

A brother of murdered crime journalist Veronica Guerin has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography at his home.

Martin Guerin (68) entered his plea when he was arraigned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.

He is charged with knowingly possessing 901 images and 146 movie files of child porn.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned his case for a sentence hearing on a later date.

Guerin was charged in February with having child pornography at his home at Portmarnock Drive, in Portmarnock, Co Dublin, on September 17, 2014.

Yesterday his barrister said he could be arraigned on the single count before the court.

Sentencing

Guerin, wearing a cream-coloured blazer over a white striped shirt and tan-coloured trousers, stepped forward from the public gallery when his case was called.

Judge Ryan asked him to confirm he was the accused and he replied: "Yes."

She then read out the charge and asked Guerin how he was pleading.

"Guilty," he replied.

The court heard sentencing would take around 30 minutes and the judge adjourned the case to a date in October.

The accused's barrister thanked the judge and Guerin left without addressing the court again.

Guerin's circuit court appearance yesterday was his second since he was sent forward from Swords District Court in May.

Previously, that court heard that the accused made no reply after caution when the charges were put to him.

He was granted bail on his own bond of €100, with no conditions and no cash lodgement required. He had also been granted free legal aid after the court heard he was retired.

Veronica Guerin was shot dead in her car at traffic lights on the Naas Road at Newlands Cross on June 26, 1996.

Brian Meehan, a member of crime boss John Gilligan's gang, was convicted of murdering her and sentenced to life in 1997. Gilligan was tried for the murder but was acquitted in 2001.

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