Judge lifts reporting restriction in animated child pornography case
A judge has lifted reporting restrictions in the case of a Donegal man charged with possession of moving images of child pornography.
Judge Alan Mitchell lifted the restrictions during a session of Letterkenny District Court this week, allowing the media to nominate Aaron Davies.
The 20-year-old, of Srath Aoibhinn, Stranorlar, is charged with knowingly possessing child pornography, namely 16 images, hentai, on May 15, 2021 at his home.
Last month, Judge Mitchell asked why a reporting ban had been put in place in this case.
Following representation from a local reporter, Judge Mitchell said he would look into the matter further.
“There is no basis that I can see for restrictions unless a child can be identified,” Judge Mitchell said.
Davies’ solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said one image may have been imposed on the other images.
“They will not be released,” Judge Mitchell said. “As these are cartoon characters, no one can be identified. In the normal course, a victim can be identified.
The material was described as “avatar” in nature.
Hentai is described as being a subgenre of the Japanese manga and anime genres, characterized by overtly sexualized characters and sexually explicit imagery.
Sergeant Jim Collins said he was looking for a month to finalize an evidence book.
Judge Alan Mitchell adjourned the case to May 16, 2022 for service of the book.