Mass card salesman guilty of child porn charge

Wednesday 20 April 2011 22.17
Thomas McNally - 350 images recovered from stolen safe
Thomas McNally - 350 images recovered from stolen safe

Mass card salesman Thomas McNally has been found guilty of possessing child pornography.

McNally, 52, of Foynes Court, Longford was convicted by a jury of six men and six women at Longford Circuit Court.

The conviction arose out of the recovery of 350 child pornographic images in a field on the outskirts of Longford town and a further 326 images found in a bag in the boot of a car in the driveway of Mr McNally's house by gardaí.

The trial, which commenced two weeks ago, was concluded following two hours of deliberation by the jury on the evidence.

McNally was remanded on continuing bail to 9 June for mention at which time the defence will present the court with an up to date medical report.

Judge Michael White postponed sentencing until the court deals with another defendant.

Earlier in proceedings, the jury heard details of the garda interview with the defendant.

Detective Sergeant Keelan Brennan said that he arrested McNally on 26 July and conducted a lengthy interview with the defendant.

In the interview, McNally confirmed that his home had been broken into on the 6 February 2006 and that a safe had been taken.

He acknowledged that he had not reported the incident to gardaí at the time.

Mr McNally told Detective Sergeant Brennan that the safe contained customer lists, compression files, a cash box, savings books and around €21,200 in cash.

He said that there was a small bag of jewellery also taken from the room.