Boy found child porn material on laptop

first_imgNewsLocal NewsBoy found child porn material on laptopBy admin – May 25, 2012 1454 A13-year-old boy found child rape movies on his laptop after he loaned it to a 45-year-old UK national in 2010, to use while his own was broken.  The revelation unfolded as Limerick Circuit Court heard evidence from Det Garda, Christine Bergin in the case against Simeon Betts, a man charged with the possession of 50 child pornographic movies and nine images on three laptops that were seized from his possession in 2010.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The material found was said to have been at the “utmost end of the scale” and of the “horrendous” exploitation of children where some as young as four years of age were raped by adults and animals.Betts, with an address at Henry Street, Limerick, pleaded guilty to the possession of the images and movie files, having first denied the allegation in a lengthy interview conducted by gardai at a house in Hollymount, Raheen in March 2010. Det Gda Bergin and other members of the force raided the home of the accused under search warrant after receiving certain information from Interpol and the UK based Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Analysis of the material found on the computers was carried out by specialist agencies where Det Garda Bergin enlisted the help of up to six different investigation units including Interpol and CEOP. Betts was charged in July 2010 and made admissions at the time of charge.At his sentencing hearing on the final day of term of Limerick Circuit Court, Simeon Betts said nothing as he sat in the dock as evidence and detailed descriptions of the search terms, files and images were given to the court. Acting on the information received by Interpol, the gardai obtained a search warrant and went to the home of the accused on March 4, 2010. Betts’ place of work, his cars, a campervan and another address in county Limerick that he had access to, were searched and a number of items were seized for analysis. The material found was linked to three laptops seized – one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom and one in the garage attached to the home. Betts admitted, in interview, to knowingly having the material in his possession,All three had been used to view and access the content which was described in court and one computer was actively used to search the internet for child pornography where Betts would masturbate to movies and images “as a means to satisfy his desire” according to Defence Counsel, Mark Nicholas who added in mitigation that this must have been a “horrible situation to be in but he {Betts} made admissions and takes full responsibility for his actions. He’s in deep distress and wants to engage help”.Betts, the court heard was later arrested in July 2010 and during the course of four interviews held, he made full admissions as to his interest in such material. During one such interview, the accused man admitted to being sexually aroused while viewing the material online. He also admitted to borrowing a laptop from a 13-year-old boy and used it to search for child pornography. The laptop had been returned to the boy some time later and the child pornographic material with movies of children as young as four years of age being raped, was returned to the boy. The files had not been deleted. The court heard from Det Gda Bergin that the teenager informed both gardai and his mother as to the content of the material found. Since the charges were brought against the accused, Betts is now unemployed but had previously worked in a card and birthdays shop, a gift store in the city centre as well as the Early Learning Centre. The father of four, who admitted to having “felt bad knowing that a child suffered while he watched the movies, is now said to have very restricted access to his children and had tried to “suppress” his desires to seek out the material.Betts, with previous convictions for minor road traffic offences and who is on bail with a daily sign on requirement, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Judge Carroll Moran was handed a report conducted by clinical psychologist Dr Patrick Ryan who said that Betts had an insight into his problem but was “not out of the woods yet”. The Judge adjourned sentencing until June 8 stating that it was a “difficult case” that needs his full consideration in sentencing. Advertisement Twitter Email WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Print Previous articleLimerick Footballers can improveNext articleThe Bad Plus on original ground admin Facebooklast_img read more

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway wins primary election

first_img Pinterest Facebook By admin – March 6, 2018 Local NewsGovernment Pinterest U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, is the incumbent candidate for District 11 in the Primary Election March 6.  With 273 of 274 precincts in, District 11 U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway had 82.27 percent of the vote and Paul Myers 17.72 percent.Congressman Mike Conaway released this statement following his victory in the 11th Congressional District’s Republican Primary: “I’d like to thank all those who voted in the primaries today and over the last two weeks, and joined in on the conversations we’ve been having about the best path forward for our country. As we continue to work to support President Trump’s agenda, it’s critical that Republican voters stay engaged in the political process through the general election in November.“Suzanne and I are grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received, and we’re looking forward to protecting the America we know and love for future generations to come.” Facebook Twitter WhatsApp U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway wins primary election Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleCOLLEGE BASKETBALL: Odessa College men, women open postseason at Region V tourneyNext articleSpivey keeps JP Pct. 4 seat adminlast_img read more

Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg likely out for series vs. LA Dodgers

first_imgIf Strasburg doesn’t take part in the division series, it won’t be the first time he’s missed playoff action. In 2012, when the Nationals won their first division title, they played the postseason without Strasburg, whom the team shut down in early September due to concerns about his health in the wake of his 2010 Tommy John surgery.A former top overall pick in 2009, Strasburg did participate in Washington’s second postseason appearance in 2014, taking the loss in game one of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. This season, Strasburg was 15-4 with a 3.60 ERA, and was named an All-Star for the second time following a first half in which he went 12-0 with a 2.62 ERA.More bad news for NatsWashington Nationals All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos is out for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, after tearing the ACL in his right knee.Manager Dusty Baker says Ramos will have surgery to repair the ligament, which he tore during an awkward landing while catching a relay throw Monday night. The NL East champions will go with a combination of Pedro Severino and Jose Lobaton behind the plate in Ramos’ absence. They called up Spencer Kieboom as a third catcher earlier Tuesday.Ramos was hitting .307 with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs and was one of baseball’s best offensive catchers. Baker says the Nationals’ other top hitters, including Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy, will be responsible for making up for the lost power.Mets’ Matz done for yearNew York Mets left-hander Steven Matz will undergo surgery next week to remove bone spurs in his pitching elbow and will miss the rest of the season.Matz, who has not pitched since Aug. 14, is expected to be ready for spring training.The news Tuesday before the Mets’ game at Miami was the latest blow for a team riddled this year by injuries but still in contention for an NL wild-card berth.Matz’s availability for the postseason had already been doubtful because he has been sidelined for more than a month because of tightness in his left shoulder.Matz finishes the year 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 starts. Cole earns suspensionWashington Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole has been suspended for five games and fined for throwing a pitch near the head of Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Saturday.Cole appealed the punishment announced by Major League Baseball. Cole is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA in seven starts this season for the NL East champion Nationals. The 24-year-old right-hander is a long shot to make Washington’s postseason roster.Gee sidelined by blood clotsRight-hander Dillon Gee has two blood clots and will not pitch again this season for the Kansas City Royals.Gee was the winning pitcher Sunday at Detroit, but was hospitalized after the game.Manager Ned Yost said says Gee has a blood clot in one of his lungs and a shoulder.The 30-year-old Gee was shut down in July 2012 while with the New York Mets with a blood clot in his right shoulder that required surgery.Benoit injured in fallBlue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after tearing his left calf muscle when he tripped and fell while running in from the bullpen during one of two benches-clearing incidents in Monday’s 7-5 loss to the New York Yankees.Second baseman Devon Travis will not play the opener of Tuesday’s pivotal series against Baltimore after he jammed his surgically repaired left shoulder in the second incident against the Yankees. Travis left Monday after aggravating the injury during his next at-bat.Toronto added right-hander Chris Smith and infielder Andy Burns to its roster. Both finished the minor league season with Triple-A Buffalo.Benoit has been a reliable setup man since a July 26 trade with Seattle, going 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.Toronto leads the wild-card race, one game ahead of Baltimore.Tebow impressesFormer Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow recorded a pair of hits, scored a run and ended the game with a sliding grab in his final intrasquad game in the New York Mets’ instructional league.Tebow, who is scheduled to play his first game today, singled in his final two at-bats in Tuesday’s simulated game.After striking out swinging in the first inning, the left fielder looped a single to shallow center field in the second on a hit that barely eluded a diving catch by shortstop Hansel Moreno, delighting the couple hundred fans in attendance.He scored on a throwing error by Moreno on a force play at second base.Tebow followed that in the third with a sharp grounder in the hole between the third baseman and shortstop.He laid out for the game’s final out on a flyball in the gap between him and center field. He snared the ball on a backhanded play, his second putout of the day. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo doesn’t expect to have Stephen Strasburg back on the mound for the beginning of the playoffs.“It’s unlikely that he’d contribute in that first series,” said Rizzo, whose team clinched the National League East title this past weekend and will face the Dodgers in the NLDS starting Oct. 7. Rizzo said that Strasburg, who’s been on the disabled list since Sept. 7 with a strained flexor mass in his right arm, played catch at a distance of 90 feet on flat ground today.“We’ll see how he feels afterwards,” said the Nats GM. “I think (the NLDS) would be kind of pushing it.”last_img read more

City Hall asked to pay legal fees racked up by former Town Clerk

first_imgThe already cash-strapped Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is now being asked to pay legal fees racked up by former Town Clerk Royston Clerk, who was fired earlier this year over gross misconduct at the local organ body.Royston KingAttorney Maxwell Edwards is making the claim for consultancy services he provided to King at a rate of $250,000 monthly. This agreement between the now fired Town Clerk and the lawyer was brought to light by the current Town Clerk, Sharon Harry-Munroe, at a statutory meeting on Wednesday.She informed the Mayor and Councillors that Edwards is making claims for consultancy services provided to City Hall based on an agreement he had with King. The attorney reminded the Council of the monies owed to him in a recent correspondence.Edwards had represented King during a 2018 Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the operations of City Council.After the probe, conducted by retired Justice Cecil Kennard, it was found that King was guilty of gross misconduct, and was later fired from the Council in January 2019.One of the 31 recommendations from the CoI report was that criminal charges be laid against King. If he was found guilty of several offences, a request was made for law enforcement agencies and the Auditor General to continue with the probe.Prior to his dismissal, King was sent on administrative leave on September 21, 2018 to facilitate the inquiry.The CoI report concluded that King leased lands to Quick Shipping Incorporated at Lombard Street, which are owned by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL). Throughout that time, the company argued, payments of $625,000 were made on three occasions but there were only receipts at the Council for two disbursements.King appeared before the one-man Commission after being subpoenaed and positioned that he was “unaware” or couldn’t “recall” most of the incidents.Moreover, the management of the Giftland Mall had also informed that King had a special arrangement between the City Hall and the enterprise, whereby he would waive taxes.MCG Investments Inc Consultant Ray Hugh represented the owner of the Mall, Roy Beepat, and exposed that a meeting was convened between the duo, whereby it was agreed that all rates and taxes, including penalties and interests would be waived completely for the years 2015 and 2016.Giftland Mall would only be required to pay a sum of $11,467,500 after the interests and penalties would have been waived. This was after a letter was issued, stating that the Mall owed $44,255,183 to the municipality.King reportedly issued a letter sometime after, stating that the agreement ‘no longer stood’ because of the lapse of time and ‘certain circumstances’.The Town Clerk admitted that he did attend the meeting, but only at the behest of the Finance Sub-Committee who thought of it as the best way of obtaining whatever sum was owed. King also refuted claims about the waiving of outstanding rates and taxes.Testimony to the CoI pointed that then Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and the Town Clerk were not working collectively to meet the needs of the city. This was shared by CoI Chairman, Justice Kennard, who told the LGC and media operatives that neglect has been one of the key traits shared by senior officials.“I’m convinced that the Town Clerk and the Mayor are not working in the best interest of the city…To sum it all, most of the woes of the City Council has been due to neglect and mismanagement by the top officers of the Council,” he posited.Justice Kennard, in his report, had stated too that the former Town Clerk was guilty of gross misconduct, abuse of office, and misappropriation of funds. He also stated that King performed the duties of Treasurer and other officers of the Council, which were not his designated duties.In light of these findings, King appeared before the Local Government Commission (LGC) to answer to the findings of the report and was also requested to present dialogue on other matters. However, his refusal to discuss the accusations which were brought against him triggered a decision on the part of the Commission to dismiss him with immediate effect.last_img read more

South Africa’s adventure diversity

first_img15 January 2009 Night-time miracle Still, the mountain vistas, the alpine meadows, the plethora of local flowers, plants and insects, a cascading waterfall, examples of Bushman rock art, and the curious mountain antelope and noisy baboons made for a memorable day. Just me and South Africa in the middle of the night. But it was our observation that there is a relative sense of peace and security here that is missing in many other parts of Africa. This article was first published in The Vancouver Sun. Republished here with kind permission of the author. Our tour guide took us on a 16-kilometre hike as part of our time spent in the Drakensberg Mountains. It was a challenging experience, to be sure, as my bad knee swelled up like a grapefruit during the course of this adventure, as a result of all the climbing and descending. Particularly beautiful and memorable was the Drakensberg Mountain Range, a world heritage site in the northeast corner of the country. Called “The Barrier of Spears,” this impenetrable-looking wall of mountains looks like a cross between the Grand Canyon and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Drakensberg is a favourite vacation spot for many South Africans and they take justifiable pride in it. It was a breathtaking, emotional moment and it ended up being one of the highlights of a fantastic 18-day tour of this beautiful country. Also, the cultural/historical/political dynamic that is prevalent in this land was fascinating to observe. The apartheid era ended only about 15 years ago and the Asian, black and white people are apparently still feeling each other out, so to speak. On our sojourn, we were delighted at how beautiful and varied the South African landscape is. From rolling green hills, fertile lands, soaring mountain ranges, plunging canyons, near jungle environments, Indian Ocean-side paradises, semi-desert regions, big city settings, and a non-stop montage of small African villages, it was one unexpected surprise after another. The Barrier of Spears I awoke and walked outside my mountain cabin to a night-time miracle of sight and sound so spectacular it took my breath away: a three-quarters full moon lighting up the alpine landscape, the nearby mountain range a mixture of moon-tinged clarity and shadowy quarters, moonlit clouds reaching over a part of the range like a ghostly waterfall, croaking frogs and chirping insects adding a background harmony of natural sound, the Southern Cross and Orion constellations standing out in the midst of a starry belt above, with the lights of a faraway African settlement providing an earthly contrast. However, it was a middle-of-the night event that caused my visit here to rise to the level of the sublime. We came back sunburnt, cut, scraped, sore – and thoroughly satisfied, as the end result of adventure tourism should be! Cultural/historical/political dynamic It was the big game parks and the country’s post-apartheid era of change that initially drew us to this land. As well, visiting the famous Paul Kruger National Park and the historic and political black township of Soweto were certainly everything advertised and expected. The big game animals that Africa is famous for were a thrill to see. Our family completed a wonderful tour of South Africa this past December. Our 18-day adventure tour took us from Johannesburg to Cape Town and interesting points in between, with a set of international travel companions from three continents. The lesson here is that there is more to South Africa than the great game parks. Pay a visit to the Drakensberg Mountain Range and other parts of this wonderful land and I guarantee that you won’t regret it. William Lindsay of Vancouver teaches at the University of British Columbia. The Lindsays’ tour was hosted by Drifters Adventure Tours.last_img read more

Man booked for giving triple talaq in Muzaffarnagar

first_imgA man was booked for allegedly giving instant triple talaq to his wife over dowry in Sujru village here, police said on September 3. A case was registered against Aftab and his five family members under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, SHO of Kotwali police station Anil Kapervan said. According to the complaint lodged by the victim, she was harassed over dowry and when their demands were not met, Aftab gave instant triple talaq to her. She also alleged that Aftab left her at her parent’s home after beating her. The couple got married three years ago, the officer said.last_img