Guilty plea
withdrawn in child porn case

A Longford woman who previously admitted to the possession of child pornography is seeking to withdraw her guilty plea.
Tanya Mulryan (30) of Foynes Court pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having child pornography images printed on an A4 page at her home on February 7, 2006.

A Longford woman who previously admitted to the possession of child pornography is seeking to withdraw her guilty plea.
Tanya Mulryan (30) of Foynes Court pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having child pornography images printed on an A4 page at her home on February 7, 2006.

The office of the DPP have previously indicated that they intend, in due course, to drop a second charge of having child pornography images at her home on February 6, 2006.
Mary Rose Gearty SC, defending, told Judge Mary Ellen Ring that there was a serious danger of a miscarriage of justice occurring if her client’s earlier guilty plea was accepted by the court.

She said the court had the power to allow an accused person to change their plea, though it was a power to be used sparingly and in exceptional cases.
She said it could happen where there is evidence that a plea was the result of ignorance, fear or duress and there is a doubt that the plea represents a genuine acknowledgement of guilt.
She said it was highly unusual for a young woman to come before the court on a charge of possession of child porn.
Ms Gearty submitted that Ms Mulryan was under the control of her father during the period of the offences and during the garda investigation and court proceedings that followed.

She said that one element of this control was that Ms Mulryan’s father was paying for her previous legal team.
Tara Burns BL, prosecuting, told the court that print outs of child pornography images were found in the boot of Ms Mulryan’s car with hand written references to Dad on them.
She said the State does not accept Ms Mulryan’s claims that she was acting under the coercion of her father when she made admissions to gardai. She said at one point Ms Mulryan brought judicial proceedings in the High Court in relation to this prosecution.

The court heard that her father was found guilty of possession of child pornography after a trial in 2011. Judge Ring put the case back for a week in order to consider her ruling.