Portglenone man to stand trial accused of more than 30 child porn offences

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A Portglenone man has been ordered to stand trial accused of more than 30 offences relating to indecent images of children, allegedly committed over an almost six year period.

Standing beside the dock in Antrim Magistrates Court, 61-year-old John Trevor Stewart was charged with 36 counts of having and possessing indecent images of children on various dates between 25 September 2007 and 29 August 2013.

Stewart, from the Grannystown Road in Portlgenone, is also facing three further charges of possessing prohibited images of children.

Although no facts surrounding the allegations were opened in court, a prosecuting lawyer submitted there is a Prima Facie case against Stewart based of the legal papers and statements, a stance with which his defence lawyer took no issue.

Although Stewart was told that he had the right to comment on the charges, give evidence to the court or to call witnesses on his behalf but with a warning that they faces cross examination, he declined.

Returning the case to Antrim Crown Court for trial, District Judge Alan White released Stewart on continuing bail and ordered him to appear before the higher court on October 9.

Stewart was released on his own bail of £300 and is barred from approaching or entering the offices of Antrim Borough Council, from initiating contact with any council employee without prior knowledge of the public protection unit and “must not possess, use, have access to, or direct any third party to do so on his behalf, any forms of electronic device, which can access the internet.”