Pensioner to stand trial over images

Published Tuesday, 03 December 2013
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A 75-year-old man is to stand trial accused of owning a catalogue of indecent child image offences, a judge has ruled.

Pensioner to stand trial over images
Malone was bailed until a hearing date is set. (© UTV)

Frank Malone faces a total of 60 charges which involve making and possessing indecent images.

All of the alleged offences were committed between October last year and January.

Malone, of Cromac Wood Court in Belfast, appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court on Tuesday for preliminary enquiry proceedings.

Using a walking frame for support, he was allowed to remain seated in the public gallery throughout the hearing.

The pensioner faces 25 charges each of making and having an indecent photograph of a child.

A further 10 counts against him relate to the alleged possession of extreme indecent images.

Asked if he understood the charges against him, he replied: "Yes."

Malone declined to say anything in response to the alleged offences or call witnesses at this stage.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall accepted a prima facie case had been established against him.

She then granted a prosecution application to have Malone returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

He was released on continuing bail until that hearing gets underway on a date to be set.

As part of his release conditions he must live at an address approved by police.

© UTV News
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