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Saturday 17 November 2018

Father's suspended sentence for child porn clip on phone

Prince Ajibola did not ‘search out’ the clip, the court heard
Prince Ajibola did not ‘search out’ the clip, the court heard

A father-of-four who was sent a video clip on his phone which showed a child being raped has received a one-year suspended sentence.

Prince Ajibola (50), of Castlegate Place, Adamstown, Lucan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to a single count of possessing the pornographic material on September 1, 2016.

He had five previous convictions, including for immigration and road traffic offences.

Sergeant Martin Halpin told Karl Finnegan BL, prosecuting, that he arrested Ajibola in Terminal 1 of Dublin Airport on September 1, in relation to an unrelated investigation.

The former security guard's two mobile phones were seized and it was later discovered that a child pornography video clip had been sent to one, via the WhatsApp messaging platform, on July 20, 2016.

The court heard the clip showed a child under the age of five being raped by a man, lasting about five minutes.

Prosecuted

Upon further investigation, gardai discovered the clip came from America. The man in the clip has since been prosecuted by US authorities.

The court heard that the number from which it had been sent was clearly identifiable.

Sgt Halpin agreed that the person who sent Ajibola the clip has pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography and will be sentenced next month.

Ajibola told gardai that the woman who sent it wanted to show him what was going on in the world so he would not leave his children with any man.

He accepted it was a "bad video" and said he had only looked at it once to see what it was and then "shut it down".

When asked by gardai why he kept the clip, he said he had forgotten it was on his phone.

Judge Cormac Quinn imposed a one-year suspended sentence, saying Ajibola did not "search out" the clip, download it or share it.

The court heard he will go on the Sex Offenders Register.

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