13 Aug 2022

Derry court hears man charged with possessing an extreme pornographic image had pictures featuring missing child Madeline McCann on his phone

A man who appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court on drugs and pornography charges had images involving the missing child Madeline McCann, a police officer said. Patrick Tracey (25) of no fixed abode was charged with possessing an indecent image of a child and possessing an extreme pornographic image on April 27 this year. He also faced a series of drug offences including possessing cocaine and MDMA with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of ketamine, cocaine and MDMA and possessing cocaine on dates between September 1 2016 and August 17 this year. A police officer connected Tracey to the charges and opposed bail. He was asked was there a specific victim in the pornography charges and was told that it was not a 'genuine image' but involved Madeline McCann. There was no objection in principle to bail on the image charges but there was in relation to the drug charges. The officer told the court that in October last year police seized a phone belonging to a friend of Tracy's and found messages from Tracey suggesting he was involved in the supply of drugs. When Tracey himself was located by police the images were said to have been on his phone. Police searched an address Tracey was seen coming out of and found a quantity of cocaine and MDMA. Tracey admitted possessing some of the drugs found. The police officer said that he believed Tracey had been selling drugs for some time and claimed he could use half an ounce of cocaine ain one night. This would cost £700. The officer said he opposed bail as he believed Tracey could re-offend or continue to sell drugs to fund his habit. Defence solicitor George Copeland said there were various addresses for the defendant and added that the case could take some time to come to court. District Judge Paul Copeland said due to the risk of re-offending and no suitable address he was refusing bail. Tracey was remanded in custody to appear again next month.

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