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Kildare man facing child porn charges appears back in court

Athy Court

Kildare man facing child porn charges appears back in court

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A Kildare man who faces charges relating to alleged child pornography possession appeared back before Athy District Court yesterday Tuesday, November 28.

Liam Stone with an address listed as 31 Coill Diarmada, Castledermot was before the court for the alleged possession of 22 images of child pornography dating back to October 12, 2010.

He was remanded on bail for a Book of Evidence until 13 February, 2018,

Judge Desmond Zaidan said that the allegations were 'serious'.

Last July the court heard that Mr Stone allegedly possessed one image which was described as being in category one, nine in category two and the rest in category three. Category One was described in court as an image of a child under the age of 17 witnessing or engaging in sexual activity.

At that time defendant was represented by barrister Richard Wixted who argued that reporting restrictions be put in place so his client would not be named due to the nature of the case allegedly involving 'a number of young children'.

Judge Desmond Zaidan instructed however that while his client was presumed innocent he refused to limit the press in this instance.

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