Remand for man on child porn charges

Gardaí brought a man before Cork District Court yesterday on a charge of having thousands of images of child pornography at a house in Cork more than four years ago.

Detective Garda Aidan Forrest arrested Niall O’Brien, aged 43, and charged him with the offence related to February 9, 2010.

It is alleged in the charge that while Mr O’Brien was living at 103 Ardbhaile, Mayfield, Cork, at that time he knowingly had in his possession child pornography.

The charge itemises the pornography as consisting of 229 image files and 2,145 movie files.

Inspector John Deasy said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that it was a case to be dealt with by judge and jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Det Garda Forrest said the defendant made no reply when arrested, charged and cautioned.

He said the prosecution objected to bail being granted to the accused.

Defence solicitor Dennis Healy said: “We are reserving our position on bail. There is no application for bail today.”

Judge Leo Malone remanded Mr O’Brien in custody until next Tuesday to allow time for preparation of a book of evidence in the case.

Mr Healy asked for the defendant to be brought to court by the prison authorities on that date as he said the accused’s condition would not be good enough to appear by way of video link.

The solicitor asked Judge Malone to direct that Mr O’Brien would be seen by a prison psychiatrist and that his medication, in the possession of gardaí, would be administered to him in prison as required.

Judge Malone acceded to his application.

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