Pre hearing information
The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that on 15 April 2021, at the Crown Court at Belfast, Dr Lai was convicted of the following: three counts of making an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child; 15 counts of possession of an indecent photograph of a child; five counts of possession of an image of a child of a prohibited nature and five counts of possession of an extreme pornographic image.
It is alleged that on 5 May 2021, Dr Lai was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment suspended for three years and his name was entered onto the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
This reflects the allegation as it stands at the start of the hearing. The allegation may be amended as the hearing proceeds and when findings of fact are made by the tribunal.
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