26/10/2012

Child Pornography Case Adjourned For Second Time

The trial of a Co Mayo man who possessed on of the largest collections of pornography ever found by gardaí has been adjourned a second time to allow for further psychiatric evaluation.

58-year-old James Clarke had a total of 135,555 images and videos on his computer, including images described as showing severe child sex abuse.

The files were organised into computer folders by themes and individuals and Clarke was using an internet site to offer the images to others.

Clarke, of Devlis Cottage, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four counts of knowingly distributing child pornography at Russell View Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24, on separate dates in August 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on 20 August 2010.

Defence Counsel Kitty Perl told Judge Patricia Ryan today that a report, which had been ordered following the sentence hearing last July, stated that Clarke would benefit from further "psychiatric intervention and treatment".

She asked the court to follow the recommendation in the report for a further adjournment.

Judge Ryan ordered a second report and adjourned the case to next January for sentence. She remanded Clarke in continuing custody until that date.

(H)


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