Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Man to face trial on 50 child porn picture charges

The man at the centre of one of the largest ever investigations in Ulster into images of child sex abuse has been told by a court that he has a case to answer.

Ian Magill, from Ballyhornan Road in Downpatrick, is accused of storing more than 14,000 indecent photographs of children on his computer. The images allegedly found on his computer included photographs of adults having sex with children.

At a preliminary inquiry at Downpatrick Magistrate's Court last week, Magill was told he faces 50 charges of possessing indecent images of children.

The magistrate, Mervyn Bates, ruled that there was a case to answer and Magill made no answer to the charges.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Downpatrick Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.

Recently the 59-year-old architect, who formerly worked at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, was refused High Court bail amid fears he would re-offend if released from custody.

Despite his brother offering a £25,000 cash surety for Magill's release, Mr Justice Gillen said: "I am the custodian of public safety, particularly children, and if this case is proven it will be one of the worst cases of its kind I have come across."

Magill was allegedly caught with 14,250 images. A court was also told that Magill admitted paying a woman in Thailand to allow him to take photographs of her four daughters.

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