Belfast Telegraph

Man charged over indecent images 'faces terror threat'

By George Jackson

A man charged with possessing indecent images of children is under threat from loyalist paramilitaries, Londonderry Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

A judge ordered that the current address of Thomas Cairns, who is charged with 11 counts of possessing an indecent photograph or image of a child, cannot be reported.

Cairns (54), who is originally from the Drumahoe area of the Waterside but now lives elsewhere, is charged with 11 counts of possessing an indecent photograph or image of a child.

He also faces three counts of possessing extremely pornographic photographs and two counts of possessing a prohibited image of a child. He is alleged to have committed the offences on May 30 of last year.

A defence solicitor told District Judge Barney McElholm that after the defendant has received threats from a loyalist paramilitary organisation. The solicitor said if the defendant's current bail address was made public those threats could be renewed.

The investigating officer told the district judge at yesterday's preliminary enquiry hearing that he believed the defendant's life would be at risk if his current bail address was placed in the public domain.

The defendant was then released on court bail of £500 to appear before the city's Crown Court for his arraignment on the charges on January 22.

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