Kevin Bowes, 61, and Kenneth Powell, 47, were found with 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.
The offences came to light after Bowes accidently sent an image of a naked 12-year-old girl to a female acquaintance, who reported it to gardaí. Bowes later told this woman he would cut her throat if she didn’t drop the charges.
Bowes, of Markievicz House, Townsend Street, 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 ordered that they be registered as sex offenders.
She imposed sentences of three years, with one suspended, on condition that the men keep the peace for three years after their release and comply with the directions of the Probation Services.
She also imposed a concurrent sentence of two years on Bowes for intimidating a witness in the case. She suspended the final year of this on condition that Bowes take part in victim empathy and awareness programmes.
Judge Ryan also jailed Bowes for three years after he admitted stabbing a neighbour in the neck during an unprovoked attack.
Bowes pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Glen Parkinson, 41, at Markievicz House, on May 23, 2011.
Mr Parkinson suffered a 3cm superficial wound on his neck which required stitches and has left a permanent scar.
Judge Ryan backdated Bowe’s prison terms to July 28 last and backdated Powell’s sentences to July 24, 2013.