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Man accused of breaching SOPO

Had been banned from possessing images of children in 2013

A man’s appeared in court accused of breaching a sexual offences prevention order by possessing images of children.

Forty-two-year-old Andrew Mark Byrne, of David Gray House, appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas courthouse.

He denies breaching the order by using a computer at his home address on 26 May.

The court heard in 2013 Mr Byrne was banned from possessing images of under-16s.

Prosecution advocate Rachael Braidwood told the hearing a resident at David Gray House told staff he'd used the computer after Mr Byrne, and had discovered pictures of children.

When police officers investigated, they discovered searches for child modelling agencies as well as photos of child actor Ellis Naylor.

They also discovered a Pinterest social media account where Mr Byrne’s alleged to have pinned pictures of youngsters.

He was remanded in custody and will appear for a pre-trial review on 2 July.

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