The Garda extradition unit arrested a man on Monday residing at an address near Letterkenny, County Donegal on foot of a European Arrest Warrant relating to 12 offences involving images found on a laptop in April 2019 in Suffolk, reports the Irish Times.
35-yr-old Oliver Lown is wanted by UK authorities to face 12 offences including making indecent images of children. The warrant states 1,219 extreme pornographic images with 1067 unique images were recovered from the hard drive of Mr Lown’s laptop.
3,511 extreme pornographic videos were also recovered.
According to the European Arrest Warrant, in April 2019, Oliver Lown was living with another man at Lown’s parents address.
The other man is a registered sex offender and the Police called to the address to ascertain where the registered sex offender was living as he had not notified an address as per the Sex Offenders Requirements law.
During the police visit, Lown threw a laptop into a pond to evade its inspection and was arrested on suspicion of possessing extreme pornography. He was also arrested for perverting the course of justice and possession of heroin.
The warrant states that police arranged to meet Mr Lown at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre on November 27th, 2019. He did not attend, went missing and was circulated on the UK’s Police National Computer as “wanted”.
After Lown’s arrest this week, he was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station and Mr Justice Burns fixed February 26th for the full hearing of the extradition case. He remanded Lown in custody, when an application for bail is expected to be made.
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