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Guesthouse man is bailed on child images charges

By Paul Higgins

A Guesthouse co-owner accused of possessing and making indecent images of a child appeared in court yesterday.

Paul Hackney (71), who helps run Owl Cottage in Islandmagee, spoke only to confirm he understood the charges against him.

A police constable told Ballymena Magistrates' Court he believed he could connect the defendant, from the Gobbins Road in Islandmagee, to the crimes, which are alleged to have been committed on June 5 last year.

Hackney was bailed to appear again at the same court on August 18. He was also barred from contact with children under the age of 18 and from owning or having access to internet-enabled devices.

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