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16/09/2021

27-year-old man placed on the Sex Offender's Register at the Crown Court in Derry after pleading guilty to possessing indecent images of children

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A twenty-seven years old man who is originally from Dungiven was placed on the Sex Offender's Register at the Crown Court in Derry today after he pleaded guilty to fourteen charges of possessing indecent images of children. Austin Quigg, whose address was given as The Downs, Middleton in Manchester, pleaded guilty at his arraignment to committing the offences between January 2010 and March 2012. Quigg, who was interviewed about the offences by the police in 2013, also pleaded guilty to three charges of inciting children aged between thirteen and sixteen years of age to engage in sexual activities. However in relation to three similar charges he denied them and instead pleaded guilty to attempting to incite the children to engage in sexual activities. Those offences occurred between October 2009 and January 2012. Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin told Judge Philip Babington that the attempted admissions related to two e-mail names and to the name of one person and they were recorded internet conversations. Mr. Devlin said no statements of complaints had been made to the police and it therefore could not be proven that the injured parties were under the age of sixteen. The barrister said Quigg believed the injured parties were under the age of sixteen which was why he admitted the attempted incitements. Mr. Devlin said one of the names on the charge sheets said she was aged fourteen and the images offences appeared to show children under the age of sixteen. He said that did not take away from the seriousness of the offences admitted by the defendant. The case was adjourned until September 3 and Judge Babington ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report for that date. Judge Babington told Quigg the length of time he would be subject to the notifications of the Sexual Offences Act would be determined when he's sentenced. Quigg was the released on continuing bail.

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