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Child porn accused who tried to mask identity

By George Jackson

A man who failed in a legal bid to secure anonymity over fears of a possible paramilitary attack against him has been charged with making indecent images of children.

Daniel Martin Carlin was last week refused a ban on the media naming him at the High Court in Belfast last week.

Carlin's barrister failed to convince the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, sitting with Mr Justice Seamus Treacy, that there was a real risk of his 62-year-old client being attacked if his name and address were put into the public domain.

The defendant was to have appeared before Londonderry Magistrates Court last week charged with nine offences of making indecent images of children between August 24, 2008 and April 9, 2010.

That hearing was adjourned when an anonymity application by Carlin's solicitor was refused by District Judge Barney McElholm and he appealed to the High Court.

At that hearing, Carlin's barrister attempted to establish that the risk of the defendant being attacked was real rather than fanciful.

However, the High Court was told that the police had no information to suggest that Carlin was under threat from any known paramilitary grouping.

A distinction was also drawn with drugs cases when defendants in Derry have been granted anonymity due to fears of being attacked by the vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs.

Sir Declan said there was nothing to indicate a generalised threat against alleged sex offenders in Derry.

In court yesterday, the defendant's preliminary inquiry hearing was heard by Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer.

The defendant said he understood the nature of the charges and added that he had nothing to say in relation to them at this stage.

His solicitor accepted Carlin had a prima facie case to answer.

Carlin was released on his own bail of £400 to appear before the Crown Court for his arraignment on August 28. He was ordered to continue to reside at his Ballyarnett Village address.

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