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Lurgan man who posted animated image of recently deceased woman to be sentenced

Craigavon Court

A Co Armagh man who admitted posting an image of a recently deceased woman which he animated to make it appear she was singing an indecent song will have a date fixed for his sentencing next month.

Standing in the dock of Craigavon Crown Court, 22-year-old Kian Withers from Lurgan admitted a charge of outraging public decency between December 22 and 29 last year.

The recently deceased female was not named in court and the facts surrounding the charge were not opened but Judge Patrick Lynch KC said that “clearly, a pre-sentence report will be required”.

The charge which Withers, of James Street, admitted states that he committed an act of a lewd, obscene nature by posting a photograph of a recently deceased female which he animated to make her appear to be singing a song, the lyrics of which were inappropriate and indecent.

Defence counsel Ian Turkington told the judge: “It will come as no surprise that Mr Withers has grown up with a learning disability and a personality disorder.”

In that regard, the barrister said he would be seeking further medical reports to put the “full picture before the court”.

As the time table for those extra reports is not clear, Judge Lynch said he would review the case on June 6 and fix a date for sentencing at that stage.

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