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German tip-off Suspended sentence for Dublin man found in possession of four child porn images

David Keenan (40) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of three images of child pornography on a computer and one image on a phone

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David Keenan leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

David Keenan leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

David Keenan leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Collins Courts

Gardai alerted that an Irish IP address had been linked to an image of a pre-teen girl later found a Dublin man in possession of four images of child pornography

David Keenan (40), of Cushlawn Walk, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of three images of child pornography on a computer and one image on a phone on May 27, 2016. Keenan has no previous convictions.

Detective Garda Seamus Palmer told Kieran Kelly BL, prosecuting, that German authorities passed information to the gardai and they seized a computer and phone from Keenan which were analysed.

Keenan admitted downloading items from the internet and said sometimes other items he did not want were downloaded in tandem. He accepted the four images found were child pornography.

Karl Monahan BL, defending, said his client accepted he had downloaded files from the internet and Keenan said if he found a file of this type downloaded he would delete it and hope for the best.

Det Gda Palmer agreed with Mr Monahan that the illegal files had been found in “unallocated space” which included deleted files.

The garda agreed with Mr Monahan that his client said his physical and mental health had been effected by the case. Keenan told gardai the images were “disgusting”, that it wasn't really him and he didn't know what he was thinking. He apologised and took full responsibility.

Counsel asked the court to take into account the low volume of images and absence of convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan noted possession of child pornography was a serious offence but took into account garda evidence that the files were medium level in terms of content and low in volume, that Keenan was co-operative and had lived an inoffensive life up to this point with no convictions.

Judge Nolan imposed a sentence of nine months which he suspended in full and ordered the destruction of the images.

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