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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man (26) charged with having child porn at his home

Kevin Murphy outside Blanchardstown District Court
Kevin Murphy outside Blanchardstown District Court

A young man has appeared in court charged with possessing child pornography at his home in west Dublin.

Kevin Murphy (26) is facing one count of having images and videos of children involved in sexual activity.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to the case being dealt with at district court level if Mr Murphy pleads guilty.

The case was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Cherrywood Park, Clondalkin, is charged with one count of possessing child pornography at his home.

The offence is alleged to have happened on June 29, 2012, and the charge states that he allegedly had various digital images and videos depicting children involved in various sexual acts.

State solicitor Orla Farrell told the court the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case on a plea of guilty only.

Trial

This means that the case can be heard in the district court on a guilty plea, subject to a judge accepting jurisdiction.

However, if Mr Murphy pleads not guilty he will be sent forward for trial by judge and jury to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction.

Judge McHugh remanded the defendant on continuing bail, to appear in court again on a date early next year.

The judge said he would consider the issue of jurisdiction on the next date.

Mr Murphy, wearing a blue blazer, open-necked blue shirt and dark trousers, remained silent throughout the brief hearing and has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge, which is under Section 6 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

The maximum prison sentences on conviction for possession of child pornography are one year in the district court and five years in the circuit court, as well as fines.

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