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Man is charged with making indecent images of children

A Co Armagh man has appeared in court accused of having indecent images of children
A Co Armagh man has appeared in court accused of having indecent images of children

By Paul Higgins

A Co Armagh man has appeared in court accused of having indecent images of children.

Standing in the dock of Craigavon Magistrates Court, John O'Connor, who turns 58 next week, agreed that he was aware of the 16 charges against him.

O'Connor, from Parkside in Portadown, faces 12 counts of making indecent photographs of children.

He also faces two counts each of having prohibited images of children and possessing extreme pornography, all alleged to have been committed between December 2014 and November 2015.

None of the surrounding facts giving rise to the charges were opened in court.

However, during a short preliminary enquiry, the legal process by which a case is referred upwards to the Crown Court, a prosecuting lawyer submitted there was a prima facie case against O'Connor.

The court clerk told O'Connor that, although not obliged to, he had the right to comment on the charges or call evidence to the preliminary enquiry, including in his own behalf, but he declined the opportunity.

Freeing O'Connor on his own bail of £500, District Judge Bernie Kelly returned the case to Craigavon Crown Court, ordering him to appear at the higher court for his arraignment on October 15.

As part of his bail conditions, O'Connor is barred from using any device to access the internet and from having unsupervised contact with children.

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