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Locals say child porn pervert not welcome back at Dublin home

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Devine admitted to looking at pornography on a laptop he shared with his wife
Devine admitted to looking at pornography on a laptop he shared with his wife

A child porn pervert who was given a suspended sentence this week is not welcome back at his home according to locals, who have reportedly put a sign reading 'paedo' on the front door of his house.

Paul Devine (45) was caught with 25 videos and 80 photographs of child sex abuse after an investigation by the Garda Computer Crime Investigation unit showed he was accessing images of male children online.

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 this week, Judge Pauline Codd imposed an 18 month suspended sentence on Devine which she suspended for two years on strict conditions.

However, Devine is clearly not welcome back at his home on Lanesborough Drive in Finglas as the Star report that his house had a sign reading 'paedo' stuck to his front door.

They also spoke to local residents who said his wife told them he won't be back.

One local told the paper how they were 'absolutely disgusted' by Devine while another called him 'a dirtbag' and said they were prepared to picket his home if he returned but 'the coward never did'.

During his case Sergeant Gavin Ross told the court that gardai obtained a search warrant and seized a number of laptops from Devine’s home on April 11, 2011. There was a lengthy delay in analysing and categorising the images due to a backlog at the Garda Computer Crime Investigation unit.

Because of this Devine was not arrested and charged until November 18, 2014, Sgt Ross said.

Devine, who works as a shop merchandiser, admitted at the time to looking at pornography on the laptop he shared with his wife and said that he sometimes looked at images of naked children.