Man forced from home over child porn images on phone

A man who had pornographic images of children as young as 10 on his phone was forced to leave his home because of media reports of these offences, a court has heard.

Kevin Bowes, aged 61, was caught after he accidently sent an image of a naked 12-year-old girl to a female acquaintance, who reported it to gardaí. He later told this woman he would cut her throat if she did not drop the charges.

Bowes and his co-accused, Kenneth Powell, aged 47, were found with a total of 92 images depicting children engaged in sexual activity with each other and with adults. The boys and girls depicted were aged from under 10 and up to 17 and some of the images showed young teenage girls dressed in school uniforms.

Bowes, of Markievicz House, Townsend St, Dublin, and Powell, of Bessborough Avenue, North Strand, Dublin, both pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography at their homes in March 2011.

Bowes also pleaded guilty to intimidating a witness at Markievicz House on July 12, 2011.

Judge Patricia Ryan asked for Probation Service reports to be carried out on both men. She remanded them in custody for sentencing in October and ordered that they be registered as sex offenders.

Detective Inspector Michael Cryan told Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, that in January 2011 Bowes inadvertently sent an image to Carol Anne Montgomery. The image was captioned “She’s 12, she’s 12”.

The woman brought the image to gardaí and in March 2011 they went to Bowes’ flat and seized three mobile phones.

Gardaí found thousands of texts sent between Bowes and a man named in the phone as ‘Kinky Ken’ or ‘Master Ken’.

Gardaí linked this contact number to Powell.

Powell was previously convicted of harassment in 2000, criminal damage, and intoxication in 2008 and shoplifting of a bottle of wine last year.

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