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Offender is accused of flouting web ban

A man allegedly flouted a sexual offences prohibition by going online to contact women through Facebook, a court has heard.

Police expressed concerns that Ian Desmond Kernohan may have used dating sites to get in touch with vulnerable females or those with children.

Kernohan (25), with a hostel address in Victoria Street, Belfast, is charged with breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

He is also accused of refusing to make a mobile phone available to police, as he is required to do.

Belfast Magistrates Court was told police discovered a laptop computer opened at a conversation with a woman during searches of his room on Monday.

It was claimed that Kernohan admitted he had been in contact with her for at least a month. A detective said: “There are concerns in relation to his use of Facebook and internet dating sites to contact other vulnerable females.”

Kernohan gave police the name of the woman in Scotland he was in contact with.

The accused was said to have fully co-operated during the search. However, bail was refused.

Kernohan was remanded in custody to appear again on July 31.

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