A former vet has been arrested in Co Donegal to face multiple charges of sexual activity with animals before the High Court later today after he was arrested by gardai last night.
Oliver Lown, is also charged in the UK with possession of extreme pornography and indecent images of children.
Independent.ie reports that officers from the gardai’s Extradition Unit arrested Lown (35) at a location near Letterkenny, on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by UK authorities.
It is understood that Lown – who has a string of previous convictions for similar offences in England for similar offences – has been based in Ireland for around a year.
A warrant was issued for his arrest at Suffolk Magistrates Court in December when Lown – with an address at Main Road, Kesgrave, Suffolk – failed to appear at the court sitting.
Lown is charged with possession of 1,067 extreme pornographic images and 3,511 extreme pornographic videos, possession of 0.6 grammes of heroin, and committing an act with intent to pervert the course of justice, on or before April 4, 2019.
He has also been charged with possessing 66 category A indecent images of a child, 36 category B indecent images of a child, and 33 category C indecent images of a child, between March 1, 2013 and April 5, 2019, and with possession of cannabis on August 28, 2019.
Lown is also charged with five counts of sexual activity with live animals between March 1, 2013 and November 27, 2019.