UK investigation leads to Kildare porn charge

A 60 year old Kildare man has been brought before the Court over allegations of child pornography following an investigation by UK police.

A 60 year old Kildare man has been brought before the Court over allegations of child pornography following an investigation by UK police.

Patrick Brennan, 590 Trinity Crescent, Derrinturn, is charged with being in possession of child pornography images under Section 6 (1) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.

At Kilcock District Court, yesterday, Tuesday, 16 July, Garda Aidan Bracken said he had put the charges to Mr. Brennan who replied: “I’m sorry.”

Garda Bracken said the charges arose out of an investigation by police in Gloucestershire, UK. The images had been accessed via the site of a company which, said Garda Bracken, was innocent.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said the charges are “very very serious” and he adjourned the case until 3 September, next.

The Judge said the EU and the Irish State was not doing enough to block access to pornography on the web by children.

Garda Bracken said the Gardai were not objecting to bail for Mr. Brennan, who has not pleaded guilty to any offences at this point.

The Garda said condition of bail should be that he not use the internet. Asked by the judge how that would be monitored, Garda Bracken said Mr. Brennan’s IP address has been noted by telecommunications services.

Judge Zaidan emphasized that Mr. Brennan was presumed innocent pending a full hearing.

He was told the defendant was married with two grown up children and was in a Community Employment Scheme.

Apart from the internet ban, the judge imposed a ban on him having access to any child under eighteen, pending the outcome of hearing.

He has adjourned the matter to consider the matter of jurisdiction or whether he will hear the case in the District Court or send it forward to the Circuit Court.

He granted free legal aid to Mr. Brennan, who was represented by solicitor, David Powderly.