April 2018

No jail for 26-year-old Dubliner who pleaded guilty

A young man who admitted having 52 videos, 140 images of child abuse and 805 images of child nudity received a six-month suspended sentence in Blanchardstown District Court today.

Judge David McHugh also placed Kevin Murphy on the sex offenders register for the next five years.

Murphy was before Judge McHugh for a probation report and sentencing.

The court had heard that the material involved 52 videos, 148 images of child abuse and 805 images of child nudity.

Murphy (26), Cherrywood Park, Clondalkin, had pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and digital images and videos depicting children involved in various sex acts contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Child trafficking and pornography Act, 1998, at the above address on June 29, 2012.

Murphy’s solicitor, Terry Hanahoe, said his client had been having counselling since the time of the charges, six years ago. He said it was a good probation report.

Judge McHugh asked Sergeant Maria Callaghan to remind him of the facts.

Sgt Callaghan said that in 2012, protective services had picked up an IP address and traced it to Murphy’s address.

She said Murphy’s home was searched and his computer was seized. She said 52 videos, 140 images of child abuse involving children under the age of 13 and 805 
images of child nudity were found.

Sgt Callaghan said Murphy had given his computer password to the prosecuting garda so it could be examined. She said Murphy was not involved in sharing and distributing the images.

Murphy had no previous convictions.

Mr Hanahoe said his client had pleaded guilty and is still attending counselling.

Judge McHugh said he would sentence Murphy to six months jail, suspended for two years.

He noted that Murphy had no previous convictions and had not been involved in distributing the material.

He also placed Murphy on the sex offenders register for the next five years.

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