A man who was caught with more than 15,000 images of child pornography was given a four-year suspended jail sentence today.
A sample of extreme images of child pornography left a Judge Patrick J. Moran with a feeling “approaching horror”.
David Ivers (aged 54) of Rathcoursey, Midleton, Co Cork, who was chief technician in the architects department of Cork City Council, had been living with his elderly mother and he ended up spending a lot of time on the internet.
Detective Sergeant Joe O’Connor who investigated the case said Ivers resorted to downloading this material on the internet out of boredom.
He was linked to this crime through the phone number by which his computer was linked to the internet.
The number surfaced during an investigation of child pornography in Germany and the number was passed on to An Garda Siochána for further investigation.
When Det. Sgt. O’Connor called to the house, the defendant said: “I was expecting you at some stage.”
He co-operated fully with the investigation and pleaded guilty to the crime at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
The description given in court of the child pornography was “disturbing”. Detective Garda Martin Hogan, who has being involved in the forensic examination of computers in 200 cases of this nature, said the content of the images and video files were some of the worst he had ever seen.
“Some of the children were less than one-year of age. Other images showed children aged between one and six being subjected to horrendous physical abuse and subjected to oral sex,” Det. Garda Hogan said.
Defence barrister, Donal O’Sullivan, said Ivers had gone to the Grenada Institute in Dublin once a week for 18 months for counselling and treatment which had given him an insight into his behaviour.