herald

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Child porn banker marries Thai wife and has new baby

A CENTRAL Banker who stashed child porn at his work has married a young Thai wife who has borne him a child.

Raphael Farina had an impeccable record at the Dame Street bank HQ before gardai caught him a day after he took boxes of child porn home on his retirement.

Farina is now separated from his Irish wife, with whom he has children, and has married a Thai woman.

He's been convicted of downloading up to 700,000 child porn images.

The court heard claims that Farina believes his new Thai wife and baby have been "abducted" in Thailand.

His lawyer Aileen Donnelly revealed he is in a relationship with a woman in Thailand "who has gone missing with her child", she said.

"He has been engaging with the police in Thailand to find out where they are as he believes they have been abducted," Ms Donnelly added.

Farina, was jailed for 4 years and fined €5,000.

He had stored the files on his personal computer and on hundreds of discs in a cardboard box and in a brown envelope.

Farina (65) of Spranger's Yard, Crow Street, Temple Bar denied possession of child pornography at his home on June 6, 2007.

He was found guilty of having material which included over 100 images of babies by a jury after 20 minutes of deliberations on day one of the trial.

His defence counsel did not contest any of the evidence against him during the trial and told the judge they were only contesting the validity of the search warrant used by gardai.

Det Garda Gerald Keane of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, told prosecutor Monika Leech gardai called to Farina's home with a search warrant.

Farina let the search take place and admitted having the material, saying, "there's no point in denying it."

Farina admitted he had been downloading images since 1997.

Det Gda Keane examined Farina's computer where he found 150 user-generated folders and 68 default folders named "New Folder" which contained pictures and video files and graphic images of sex abuse on children aged three years and younger.

"There were very few images of teenagers and well over 10,000 pornographic exhibit files," said Det Gda Keane.

There were 4,370 images depicting children's genitals and 2,076 depicting sexual activity including rape. He also found nearly 1,000 encrypted files with password protection.



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Det Gda Keane then examined a box and envelope which contained 207 CDs, 8 DVDs and 23 floppy disks.

He said many of the files consisted of instructions from "paedophile groups" on how to download and encrypt the files.

Det Gda Keane agreed with Ms Donnelly that there was no evidence of distribution of the pornographic files and images and there was no evidence that there was contact between Farina and anyone in the images.

Farina worked in the Central Bank as a senior administrative officer and retired on the day after he was arrested.

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