23 year-old Warrenpoint man sentenced for possessing indecent images of children

A Warrenpoint man who was a student at Magee University in Derry has been sentenced for possessing indecent images of children.

23 year-old Brendan Murphy of 25, Meadowlands Avenue, Warrenpoint was charged with 23 counts of possessing images and videos.

The court heard how a fellow student noticed some images on Murphy's computer and the police were called.

They seized two computers and found the images and a 32 minute long film which was described as 'extreme pornographic material.'

Judge Piers Grant said that the children in the images were aged between 7 to 14 and said that the images covered all five categories of seriousness.

He said the material was 'absolutely outrageous and disgraceful' and added that children were 'abused or corrupted' to make these images.

He told Murphy that children would not be abused if 'it were not for you and others like you' who looked at these images.

He added: "People like you are fundamental to the creation of these images."

Judge Grant said his sentence had to be a punishment to Murphy and a deterrent to others.

He passed a sentence of 2 years and 3 months of which three months will be in custody and 2 years on licence.

Murphy was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register and observe a sexual offences prevention order barring him from working with children.