May 2022

Man caught with hundreds of indecent images jailed

A pervert caught with hundreds of indecent images for the second time and described as having a deviant sexual interest in children, has been jailed.

William Mullan (39) of Old Rossorry Park, Enniskillen admitted 14 counts of making indecent images of children and single counts each of possessing a prohibited image and an extreme pornographic image.

Dungannon Crown Court heard police searched Mullan’s home on July 17 2019 during which various electronic devices were seized including two phones.

When analysed, these contained 209 Category A images (the most serious), 341 Category B, 568 Category C, as well as one prohibited and one extreme.

During initial police interview Mullan remained silent, but later admitted the devices and images were his.

A prosecuting barrister explained Mullan stated one phone related to “a chat group which discussed indecent images which he thought it was secure. He denied a sexual interest in children but expressly accepted his criminal conduct”.

It was disclosed Mullan was previously sentenced for similar offending in 2008 when he was given a Probation Order for three years and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Judge Peter Irvine QC referred to a pre-sentence report which assessed Mullan as presenting a medium likelihood of reoffending and noted: “He was given a chance in 2008 through Probation.

A SOPO was also imposed for five years. It doesn’t seem to have had any effect on his rehabilitation, because only a short time after it expired, he was engaging in similar activity yet again.”

Judge Irvine held offending could not be seen as isolated, but rather ongoing across the dates in question.

Addressing Mullan directly, he said: “You have a deviant sexual interest in children and the previous Probation Order has not deterred you from re-engaging in this activity. This is not a victimless crime.

There has to come a point when the court takes a serious view and sends out a deterrent. I am not persuaded this can be dealt with by anything other than custody.”

Mullan was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, placed on the Sex Offender Register for 10 years and made subject to a SOPO for the same duration.