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Paedophile Neil Cunningham remanded in custody over new charges

By Staff Reporter

A convicted paedophile has been remanded in custody accused of new offences and breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo).

Neil Cunningham (29) of Glebe Manor, Hillsborough faces eight charges, two of which relate to the alleged Sopo breach.

Lisburn Magistrates Court heard on dates between August 2 and 17, 2016, Cunningham allegedly attempted to communicate with three female children for sexual gratification and committed acts capable of encouraging or assisting them to make indecent images. It is further alleged he breached the Sopo between the same dates by attempting contact with children and hiding his internet history.

The next set of charges are alleged to have occurred on September 11, 2018, by intentionally attempting to communicate with a female child for sexual gratification, encouraging her to make and distribute an indecent image and breaching the Sopo by communicating with a child.

Cunningham was remanded in custody to appear by video-link on January 21.

He was originally placed under the Sopo in 2014 at Craigavon Crown Court, following conviction for previous offending, with a number of strict conditions, including a ban on association with a child or undertaking any work or activity bringing him into contact with a child.

Access to any internet device is strictly limited and must retain the use history. Cunningham must not delete any material or deny police access to his home, computers or media storage in order to permit risk management.

He is banned from entering a relationship without prior and verified disclosure of his offending with his risk manager.

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