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Man caught with porn showing children forced into bestiality has jail time halved 

A man who used the mobile phone app Kik to view child abuse images, including a young child forced into bestiality, has had his jail time halved by the Court of Appeal. 

Paul Nolan (57), a married man working as a warehouse manager with addresses in Shankill and Bray was previously sentenced to four years imprisonment with two years suspended after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography at Wicklow Circuit Criminal Court last November.

Nolan admitted that he accessed child abuse material including an image of bestiality so that he could “spice up” his love life.

However, when questioned by gardaí why he was looking at such material, he replied: “I don’t know why. It did nothing for me.”

Today, January 25th, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy, sitting with Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy and Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh, quashed the original sentence saying they believed the appropriate starting point for sentencing in this case was three years – two years imprisonment with two years suspended.

The judges acknowledged that the offences Nolan had been convicted of were not “victimless crimes”, with Mr Justice McCarthy saying that impoverished people from the poorest parts of the world were being exploited for the benefit of the appellant.

Mr Justice McCarthy also said the appellant’s early plea and willingness to participate in rehabilitation “gave rise to mitigation”, while his “moderate risk” of re-offending was another matter which needed to be addressed.

Nolan’s sentence was reduced by the appeals court to two-years imprisonment, with the final 12 months suspended for three years. The judge said Nolan would have to remain under the supervision of the Probation Services for three years after his release from custody.

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