Northern Ireland

Belfast student pleads guilty to child porn charges

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A 20-year-old Belfast student has pleaded guilty to charges of possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Garett Thomas Fox, from the Antrim Road, is currently studying at university in Newcastle.

He is due to be sentenced later this week for downloading and distributing indecent images of children between 29 October 2007 and 29 June 2009.

A judge lifted a reporting ban on naming Mr Fox on Monday.

Belfast Crown Court Judge Philip Babington said that having heard legal applications in a closed court, he had decided to lift the reporting restrictions.

Mr Fox was released on bail and ordered to sign the police sex offenders register.

He will be told how long he has to remain on the register when he is finally sentenced.