Photographs of PSNI officers ‘found on hard drives’

Londonderry Magistrates Court The accused appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court
Photos of police officers were found on computer hard drives and other media devices during a search of a house in Londonderry in 2011, a court has heard.

Appearing at Londonderry Magistrates Court was Gerard Francis O’Donnell, 52, a taxi driver from Strangford Park.

He denies collecting or making digital or video recordings of police officers contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000.

The defendant was released on his own bail of £1,000 to appear in court again on 25 February.

The defendant replied “definitely not guilty” to committing the offence when his home was searched on 20 June of last year.

A detective constable told District Judge Barney McElholm that the defendant had admitted posting the photographs and images of officers on the 32 County Sovereignty Movement‘s website.

As part of his bail conditions Mr O’Donnell has been banned from using recording devices outside his home, except when at recognised sporting events.

He was also ordered not to attend any illegal public meetings and to report to the police twice each week.