January 2019

Paedophile Neil Cunningham remanded in custody over new charges

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A convicted paedophile has been remanded in custody accused of new offences and breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo).

Neil Cunningham (29) of Glebe Manor, Hillsborough faces eight charges, two of which relate to the alleged Sopo breach.

Lisburn Magistrates Court heard on dates between August 2 and 17, 2016, Cunningham allegedly attempted to communicate with three female children for sexual gratification and committed acts capable of encouraging or assisting them to make indecent images.

It is further alleged he breached the Sopo between the same dates by attempting contact with children and hiding his internet history.

The next set of charges are alleged to have occurred on September 11, 2018, by intentionally attempting to communicate with a female child for sexual gratification, encouraging her to make and distribute an indecent image and breaching the Sopo by communicating with a child.

Cunningham was remanded in custody to appear by video-link on January 21.

In 2014, he had pleaded guilty to a total of 35 offences including 25 counts of making indecent photographs of children, eight of distributing or showing indecent images of children and two further charges of possessing extreme pornography.

He was originally placed under the Sopo in 2014 at Craigavon Crown Court, following conviction for previous offending, with a number of strict conditions, including a ban on association with a child or undertaking any work or activity bringing him into contact with a child.

Access to any internet device is strictly limited and must retain the use history.

Cunningham must not delete any material or deny police access to his home, computers or media storage in order to permit risk management.

He is banned from entering a relationship without prior and verified disclosure of his offending with his risk manager.

August 2014

Co Down man faces jail over child images

A Co Down man has been told he faces a possible jail term after admitting making, distributing and showing indecent images of children.

Neil Cunningham pleaded guilty to a total of 35 offences committed on dates between 1 January 2011 and 18 May 2013 including 25 counts of making indecent photographs of children, eight of distributing or showing indecent images of children and two further charges of possessing extreme pornography.

The 25-year-old’s defence QC said Cunningham understood what he had pleaded guilty to and asked that sentencing be adjourned for probation reports and a psychiatric evaluation.

Judge Patrick Lynch QC agreed to the reports and released Cunningham on bail until sentencing on 11 September.

The judge warned that his release was no indication as to “the ultimate outcome” of the case.

Cunningham, of Glebe Manor in Hillsborough, was also ordered to sign the police sex offender register.