AN Ulster University student who downloaded hundreds of images of children being raped and abused faces deportation to his native Luxembourg in the coming weeks.
Jordanstown-based Alain Martin (40) was handed a 16--month sentence at Antrim Crown Court on Monday to be served half in jail and half on licence,
But Martin has already served his jail time while on remand.
Sentencing the Luxembourger, Judge Patricia Smyth advised the PPS and PSNI to liaise with the Home Office, commenting: “If he is to be deported my view is that should be done as soon as possible.”
At an earlier hearing Martin, who is in Maghaberry Prison but who has an address c/o the Ulster University at Jordanstown, entered guilty pleas to to each of the 15 charges against him of making indecent images of children on dates between August and October 2019.
Judge Smyth outlined how in November 2019, a social worker at Holywell Hospital alerted police to revelations from Martin who was an inpatient at that time, that he had “looked at child pornography.” As he was deemed unfit to be interviewed, officers seized his laptop for examination but PSNI officers also had to liaise with police forces on mainland Europe as Martin had also made “a number of very serious disclosures” about other activities he claimed to have been involved in.
Those matters were fully investigated but the judge said there was no evidence “to suggest that any of the disclosures in fact are truthful and they should be seen in the context of his mental health issues.” Martin is a paranoid schizophrenic.
The laptop which had been seized was found to have 353 indecent images stored including still 241 still images and three videos assessed at category A, the most serious category.
Jailing Martin, the judge said had he contested the matters the sentence would have been two years but giving him credit for his pleas, she reduced that to 16 months split between custody and licence.