Belfast Telegraph

Man faces trial over indecent images charges

By Paul Higgins

An alleged web pervert has been ordered to stand trial accused of having more than 100,000 indecent images of children being abused.

Standing in the dock at Lisburn Magistrates Court, 35-year-old Gareth David Winton was charged with a total of 29 offences including five of distributing, 21 of making and possessing indecent images of children and three of possessing prohibited images, all alleged to have occurred on various dates between August 18, 2010 and July 12, 2014. While many of the titles of the images are too graphic to repeat, one count alleges that Winton had 118,916 images of children being abused, while another relates to 33 prohibited images.

Winton, from Crumlin Road in Glenavy, confirmed that he is aware of the charges and that he was not objecting to committal proceedings. Although no facts surrounding be the allegations were opened in court, a prosecuting lawyer submitted that based on the papers before the court, "there is a case to answer".

The accused was told he had the right to comment on the charges, give evidence himself or call witnesses on his behalf and warned that anything said would be given in evidence at his trial but Winton opted to remain silent.

District judge Rosie Watters ordered him to appear at Craigavon Crown Court on February 4 for arraignment. Releasing him on his own bail of £500, Judge Watters barred Winton from having unsupervised contact with children.

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