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Limerick man caught with child porn avoids jail

Gerard Fitzgerald (pictured in Januar 2013)

Gerard Fitzgerald (pictured in Januar 2013)

 

A FORMER Church of Ireland lay minister who was convicted of possession of child pornography avoided a prison sentence following an appeal.

Gerard Fitzgerald, aged 62, who has an address at Grianan, Westbury was sentenced to five months imprisonment last year when he appeared before Limerick Court.

An appeal against the severity of the sentence was heard at Limerick Circuit Court a year ago and having adjourned the appeal for twelve months to review the defendant’s behaviour, Judge Carroll Moran agreed to suspend the prison sentence for two years.

Previously, the court heard that 13 images - some “at the most severe end of the scale” - were found after gardai seized a computer at the defendant’s home on March 19, 2010.

The images, which had not been downloaded were located in a cache of Windows MediaPlayer with metadata indicating they had been created on the computer on October 10, 2009.

After being informed the defendant, who has no previous convictions, has not come to the attention of gardai over the past twelve months Judge Moran indicated he was suspending the prison sentence.

Mr Fitzgerald’s name was previously placed on the Register of Sexual Offenders.

 
 
 

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