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Alleged child porn offender first person brought to court in Northern Ireland by National Crime Agency

By Alan Erwin

Published 05/06/2015

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An alleged child porn offender today became the first person brought to court in Northern Ireland under new powers given to the National Crime Agency.

Morris Johnston, 45, appeared before magistrates in Belfast accused of having indecent images of children.

He is the first person to be charged under police constable powers since the UK law-enforcement body became fully operational in Northern Ireland.

Although it has already taken immigration and customs prosecutions, the NCA's powers were extended last month to help the fight against crime.

Its remit includes targeting serious and organised criminals, and combating the threat of child exploitation.

Johnston, of Innis Walk in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, is only charged with counts of making and possessing indecent images.

The alleged offences occurred on dates between September 2014 and May this year.

Johnston was remanded into custody unless he can find an address approved by police.

He is due to appear back at Belfast Magistrates' Court on July 3.

A spokeswoman for the NCA later confirmed Johnston is the first person to be charged under the police constable powers designated to it in Northern Ireland.

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