A partially blind social recluse who ran an internet piracy scam from his bedroom is due to be sentenced in Derry today.
Paul Mahoney, 30 (pictured), is expected to appear at the city’s crown court after admitting a number of offences including conspiracy to defraud the film industry.
During a pre-sentence hearing last month, Judge Philip Babington was told that Mahoney, from Carnhill in Derry, could have cost the movie industry £120m.
In six years, while claiming over £12,000 in state benefits, he also made almost £300,000 through advertising revenue generated from illegal sites offering access to the latest films and TV shows – many before general release.
Some £82,400 in cash was also found hidden in the home where he lived with his parents.
The investigation against Mahoney was led by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) in conjunction with the PSNI.
Forensic examination of his computers and internet history that showed in one six-month period illegal movie copies accessed through his website were viewed 1.1 million times.
His defence barrister rejected an assertion by the Public Prosecution Service that he was motivated by money.