July 2017

Man jailed for downloading indecent images of children

A 31-year old man who accessed and downloaded indecent images of children over a seven-year period is starting a four-month jail term.

Sending Francis Emmanuel McClay to prison, Judge Geoffrey Miller QC spoke of the “very young and vulnerable children” who are degraded, corrupted and exploited in videos such as those found on the Belfast man’s laptops.

McClay, from Chobham Street, was handed an eight month sentence after he admitted 15 offences including possessing indecent images of children.

He will spend four months in prison, followed by four months on licence.

Belfast Crown Court heard that two laptops belonging to McClay were seized during a planned search of a former address on June 3, 2015.

When asked by officers he said he “may have seen some stuff by accident”.

When the two laptops underwent forensic anaylsis, a total of 163 videos were located, some of which had been saved into folders.

The videos were short in length, lasting from several seconds to a few minutes, with a majority of those falling into the two more serious categories.

McClay’s offending spanned from November 2008 up to his arrest in June 2015.

Handing McClay an eight-month sentence, Judge Miller said that he approached the psychiatrist’s conclusion “with a degree of caution”, adding that from the titles of the videos alone, McClay was well aware of their content which he downloaded then saved into specific files.

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