A successful children’s book author who appeared in Wexford District Court three years ago on alleged breach of a sex offender’s order has been remanded in Britain.
Atrick Dorian Cowland, also known as Patrick Joseph Cormack, 72, was wanted in the UK over alleged historic sexual assaults on two boys in Cheltenham, Gloucester.
Cowland appeared at Gloucester Crown Court on Thursday, ten months after an international arrest warrant was issued for him.
He was remanded to HMP Hewell in Redditch, Worcester
Cowland, whose last known address was Ballagh, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, is a published author of children’s books and other literary works and has also worked as an accountant.
The court was told at a previous hearing that he had been working as a photographer when he met and became friends with one of his two alleged victims in Oxford in the 1970s.
The eight counts against Cowland allege indecent assault and gross indecency offenses against two boys – one between 1973 and 1975 in Cheltenham and the other between 1979 and 1982 and elsewhere in England and Wales.
At his hearing this week, Cowland told judge, recorder Neil Millard, that he had no relevant documents or money with him when he was arrested.
He stated that his previous solicitor in Gloucestershire was unable to provide legal assistance and he was therefore now legally unrepresented as he was unable to pay privately.
Recorder Millard told Cowland: “You must have legal representation on the charges you face. I am aware that your lawyer, whom you have previously paid from your own funds, cannot provide legal aid.
“I will adjourn the case for seven days so you can find legal counsel. My understanding is that today’s prosecutor, Mr. David Maunder, has offered to contact a local attorney on your behalf.”
The judge remanded Cowland until the next hearing on April 7, 2022.
In November 2018, Cowland appeared before a hearing of Wexford District Court accused of breaching a sex offenders order made by the District Court on 17 July.
His home was first searched as part of a “routine inspection” the previous month before he was charged and brought to justice.
Gardai had objected to bail, saying the accused was a flight risk as he had recently obtained a new Irish passport and had also been in contact with the Indian embassy to obtain a passport.
The court was told that two computers were examined during a routine inspection at Mr Cowland’s home on October 13.
A program was allegedly discovered on the computer that “updates every 24 hours and hides the previous day’s Internet search”.
An arrest warrant for the confiscation of the two computers was obtained on November 1st.
A later search of the computer by a Garda specialist revealed that a Facebook profile by the name of Paddy Fitzgerald was used to look up the names of “victims” in relation to a previous case involving Mr Cowland, that was heard Dish.
This Facebook account had been active since September, according to the Gardai.
Gardai told the court that the accused had previously received a 16-month sentence at Warwick Crown Court in the UK for disseminating indecent images of children.
The Garda said the history of the computer search shows Mr Cowland also asked about property in France, where he previously lived.
Mr Cowland’s defense attorney argued that his client had never broken bail conditions in the past and that he was offering to post “a substantial” amount of money as bail.
After the judge asked how much was meant by substantial, the court heard Mr Cowland offer “€5,000 and more if required”.
Judge Gerard Naughton had refused bail on the grounds that the defendant had asked for an Indian passport, had a new Irish passport and was looking for property in France, having previously resided there.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/childrens-author-from-co-wexford-appears-in-uk-court-charged-with-child-sex-offences-41510455.html A children’s book author from Co. Wexford has been charged with child sex offenses in a British court