Former Antrim town resident accused of having indecent images of children is arrested in Wales

A man who formerly lived in Antrim town who is accused of having indecent images of children has been remanded in custody after being arrested in Wales.

Mark Nilsson Jon Hoe (58), of Lawrence Crescent, Caerwent, in Monmouthshire, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court.

He faces four charges relating to July 2014 including possessing and making an indecent photo or a child; possession of an extreme pornographic image and possession of a prohibited image of a child as prohibited by the Coroners and Justice Act.

A detective constable said she believed she could connect the defendant to the charges and objected to bail.

She said the defendant’s then home address at Meadowlands in Antrim was searched in 2014 and electronic items were seized.

The officer said the defendant had not been present but that the next day he made a “significant statement” to police.

She said the defendant moved to England and Wales and was given the opportunity to return voluntarily to speak to police about the case but that he had refused to do so.

The detective constable said the defendant served time in prison after being convicted of similar offences in England and she believed there was a risk he could flee if granted bail.

The officer said the defendant had been given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and that his Risk Manager described him as “unco-operative”.

The officer said the defendant was arrested on July 16 and because flying was “not an option” he had to be brought from Wales to Northern Ireland via ferry from Scotland.

She said the defendant had become unwell on July 17 and was not released from hospital until July 20.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had “made admissions” to police.

The court heard an address with a relative, with no children present, in Ballymena had been suggested but that another person at the address was against the defendant being bailed there.

District Judge Liam McNally refused bail saying he had “a number of reservations”.

He said the defendant knew he was being investigated by police but he had refused to voluntarily come back and whilst at liberty he had committed offences of the same nature.

The judge said he was also not happy for the defendant to be “inflicted” upon the person at the proposed bail address who didn’t want him.

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear at Antrim Magistrates Court in August.

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