November 2017

UK paedophile is sentenced to six months in prison

A convicted paedophile from the UK who had been living in The Ballagh area has been sentenced to six months in prison for failing to notify gardaí of his convictions and sign on the sex offenders register.

Dorian Cowland, who had been living in the townland of Knocknavey for the past three years, was previously convicted of possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children in 2012 and was handed 16 months in prison.

Before this, back in 1988, he was sentenced to four years in prison for the indecent assault of a male under the age of 14, along with five years on two counts of buggery from Bristol court.

Following his most recent convictions for having indecent images of children, he was required to be put on the UK offender’s register for ten years and was automatically obliged to register here upon moving to Ireland.

There had been some confusion over the correct name for the defendant, as the court heard that he had attempted to change his name by deed pole and was also known as Patrick Joseph Cormack in a bid to ‘live somewhat of a normal life’ following his convictions.

He had subsequently attempted to move from the UK to France, but when the owners of the French property he was renting found out that he was a sex offender, he moved to Spain, where his sister lives, before moving to Ireland.

Somewhat disturbingly, the court heard that Cowland, aka Cormack, was a children’s author of some renown and had had numerous works published

Judge Haughton stressed the seriousness of the offence before sentencing Cowland to six months in prison, saying that he was not prepared to consider a suspended sentence or community service.

Judge Haughton said that, as a result of the name change and the defendant’s travel between Spain, France and Ireland, an independent surety of €3,000 would be required for bail on appeal.

Mr O’Donovan indicated that Cowland’s brother in law, who had travelled from Spain, would be willing to do this, however, time was needed for gardaí to carry out enquiries.

April 2012

I’m a paedophile, but not an active one – the words of jailed Dorian Cowland

A SELF-CONFESSED paedophile who took and sold indecent pictures of boys, in what his barrister described as ‘a very unusual case,’ has been jailed for 16 months.

Dorian Cowland (pictured) had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to possessing 1,000 indecent photographs of children in October 2010 with a view to distributing them.

Cowland (62) of Kelsey Lane, Balsall Common, also admitted ten charges of distributing portfolios of indecent images to ten named men on dates between March and October 2010.

Prosecutor Neil Bannister said that in 2010 officers from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency had been conducting enquiries into a chat site where people ‘discuss their predilections for young boys.’

One posting was from someone using the name ‘Tin Biscuit’ which was traced to Cowland.

The local police were informed, and in October that year officers went to his home where they seized two boxes of boys’ clothing, cameras and computer equipment.

Asked about the chat site Cowland, who was jailed for four years in 1988 for indecently assaulting a ten-year-old boy and taking indecent photographs of him, said he did not visit the chat site very often.

But Cowland, who said he had been living in Spain, then went on to explain that when he did so it was to prevent pictures he sold being used on the site.

He revealed he had a website he had set up 11 years ago to sell CDs he had made through his own film company.

“He said he sold legal images and hired child models from agencies in Spain and rented a villa and took images of children, but said he had not done so since 2009.”

Cowland described himself as ‘a paedophile but not an active one,’ and said he believed indecent images were ones in which the private parts were shown, which his did not.

When his computer was examined it contained a total of 23,673 images of boys, of which ten to 15 per cent were indecent and featured boys aged 10 to 13 in erotic poses in states of partial undress although wearing shorts.

All the pictures in the case were classed as ‘level one,’ which is the lowest level of seriousness on a scale set out by the Court of Appeal.

And Kristina Montgomery, defending, commented said Cowland’s website made it plain there were no nude images available.

Asking the judge to pass a community order with a sex offender treatment programme, she said: “What he wants more than anything else is not to touch another child in any way and not to see another child being touched.”

But jailing Cowland and ordering him to register as a sex offender for ten years, Recorder Peter Cooke told him: “I am sentencing a man who was running an internet business which was making significant sums of money from selling indecent images of young boys.”