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Saturday 16 December 2017

Pensioner jailed over child porn

AIRPORT: DVDs in his luggage

AN IRISH pensioner has been jailed for eight months in Holland after he was caught trying to bring hardcore child pornography back to Ireland.

George Emmett (68), from Violet Hill Park in Glasnevin, Co Dublin, was apprehended by Dutch customs officers at Schiphol Airport with pornographic child-sex DVDs.

He was arrested on January 17 as he left the baggage hall, having missed his onward Aer Lingus connection after arriving from Thailand.

Dutch authorities were forced to transfer Emmett to a different prison after inmates at Haarlem Prison threatened to kill the Irishman when they learned the reason he was there.

The five vile DVDs were found in Emmett's hand luggage including one entitled Baby Sex and another called Baby Sex Top Movies.

The films featured young girls as young as seven forced into sexually explicit situations. The Dutch prosecutor described the DVDS as among the most hardcore on the market.



DISMAY

Widower Emmett had lived with his daughter and family and had a part-time job delivering medicines. He had made 10 visits to Thailand since the death of his wife 11 years ago according to his daughter.

In a letter appealing for leniency, his daughter spoke of her family's shock and dismay of learning of her father's arrest.

According to the letter read out in the court, the accused was held in high regard by everyone who knew him and he had many friends. She also pointed out that her father had a heart condition and there were concerns over his health.

His Dutch lawyer said he made a foolish error but it was not abnormal for older men to enjoy holidays in Thailand where age was not a barrier making it "enticing to go there and have a very good holiday enjoying the company of adult women".

Emmett said: "All my life I was careful. I have never done anything wrong before and I am very sorry, I made a very bad mistake".

He went on to say that the idea of anyone having sex with children disgusted him.

He claimed he bought the DVDs when he was "tipsy" and had no idea of their real content.

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