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Finglas child porn pervert chased out of town by locals

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Devine runs from neighbours in Finglas
Devine runs from neighbours in Finglas

CHILD PORN pervert Paul Devine has been forced out of a second address in Finglas after vigilantes attacked a house with paint.

Our picture shows Devine turning and fleeing from locals after they identified him cleaning his car outside the home of a local woman in Finglas, Dublin, this week.

A local man who initially spotted Devine told the Sunday World: “He was out cleaning the car when I spotted him.

“The house where he was staying looks out on a green area where there were children playing.

“My own little girl plays on the green and I thought to myself, there’s no way I’m having this.

“I tried to block him in, but he got back in the car and took off and hasn’t been back since. The house was attacked later on and covered in paint.

“None of the local people here in the estate want him staying here, but we didn’t want this attack either.

“The woman in that house is quite elderly and she just rents out rooms. There was no need for that and people here are really sorry this happened to her home.”

Devine was forced to flee his own home in the Lanesborough Drive estate last week after the property was attacked and had the words ‘pervert’ and ‘scum’ sprayed across it.

He was only able to return to it on Saturday night last to collect belongings after Gardaí agreed to escort him up to the house.

The Sunday World revealed last week how Devine formerly worked as a youth worker with St Canice’s Church in Finglas, where he was responsible, along with other care workers, for taking children in the community on outings and weekend breaks.

Devine’s image as a respectable and upstanding member of the local community was ripped apart on Thursday of last week when the 45-year-old was exposed as having been caught with 25 videos and 80 photographs of child sex abuse.

Incredibly the court heard it took three-and-a-half years to arrest and charge Devine after he was investigated by the Garda Computer Crime Investigation unit, because of the backlog in the Garda computer crimes unit.

Paul Devine

The unit also found he had visited a file-sharing website used to distribute such images over 10,000 times.

He had also accessed a chatroom where individuals spoke about their interests in young boys.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Pauline Codd imposed an 18-month suspended sentence on Devine, which she suspended for two years on strict conditions.

Devine, a father-of-one of Lanesborough Drive, Finglas, Dublin had pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography at his home in April 2011.