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Man to stand trial accused of catalogue of child porn offences, judge rules

By Alan Erwin

Published 28/04/2015

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A man is to stand trial accused of a catalogue of child porn offences, a judge ruled today.

Fabio Baroncelli faces a total of 28 charges of making or possessing indecent photographs of a child.

The material was allegedly located on either a computer hard drive, mobile device or iPod in July 2013.

Baroncelli, 42, of Tates Avenue in Belfast, appeared before the city's Magistrates Court for a preliminary enquiry to establish if he has a case to answer.

He confirmed that he understood the charges against him and offered no objection to the hearing going ahead.

Defence lawyer Niall O'Neill did not contest a prosecution submission that, based on papers before the court, Baroncelli has a case to answer.

The accused declined to say anything in response to the allegations, give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall then granted an application to have him returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Baroncelli was released on bail conditions which included a ban on loitering at any child-related locations, including schools or parks.

He is also prohibited from entering any internet cafes or using any device capable of going online.

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