Former barrister sentenced for child sexual abuse imagery offences

A former prosecution barrister has been sentenced to 100 hours’ community service and given a two-year probation order for making and possessing indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography.

Jonathan Lowry, 60, who was once a leading prosecutor in Belfast and Dungannon Crown Courts, was sentenced at Laganside Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

In addition to the community service and probation, he will also be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for five years.

Detective Constable Jane Biggerstaff of the PSNI’s Child Internet Protection Team said: “Children should be able to live their lives in total innocence, without a care in the world. However, there are people who choose to exploit and expose children to their dark, depraved underworld.

“Our message today is clear, we will not cease in their endeavour to catch those who exploit the most vulnerable in our society. This conviction should serve as a warning to those who think their own activity will go unnoticed or unpunished.

“Everyone leaves a digital footprint when downloading, viewing or making indecent images of children. We will be relentless in our pursuit of offenders and when we catch them the repercussions will be far reaching.”

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