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Dublin man (22) set for trial on charge of producing child porn

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Luke Kavanagh has been charged with three offences

Luke Kavanagh has been charged with three offences

Luke Kavanagh has been charged with three offences

A Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of production of child pornography.

Luke Kavanagh (22) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Dublin District Court. Judge Deirdre Gearty sent him for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Kavanagh, of Kew Park Crescent, Lucan, is charged with three offences under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

One is that he had material contained on a silver Dell laptop - 15 videos and a sample of 46 images, all defined as child pornography.

This offence is alleged to have taken place at his home address on July 30, 2015.

He is also charged with knowingly producing child pornography on July 10 that year.

The third count alleges that he was in possession of a Dropbox account containing 434 videos and 21 images of child pornography at a place unknown on March 7, 2016.

A state solicitor said a book of evidence was ready and the DPP was consenting to the accused being returned for trial to the next sittings of the circuit court.

Judge Gearty gave Mr Kavanagh the formal warning that he had 14 days to provide any alibi details to the prosecution.

There was no state objection to the accused being remanded on bail, on condition he has no contact with a named female, directly or indirectly and to include social media.

Interview

Judge Gearty ordered the prosecution to furnish the defence with a copy of the accused's garda interview video.

At the request of defence solicitor Luke Staines, the judge granted free legal aid, to also cover a barrister at trial. She assigned Michael Staines solicitors. The accused was returned for trial, to appear in the circuit court on October 30.