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Man, 23, jailed over "horrific" child porn, including baby

A GOONELLABAH man caught with child porn, including a video described by a magistrate as "horrific sexual violence on a helpless baby", has been jailed for two years.

Andrew Turner, 23, appeared at Lismore Local Court yesterday for sentencing on charges of possessing child abuse material, possessing a prohibited weapon and using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend.

The charges related to 780 images, 44 of which were in the most serious child porn category, and more than 90 videos which were uncovered during a search of his home on August 8, 2013, following an investigation by the NSW Police Child Protection Unit.

The court previously heard Turner had indicated a preference for children three and under on his online profile on a child porn website.

Turner's solicitor Jim Fuggle tendered medical and psychological reports on his client, plus three references from family, before describing Turner's reclusive life.

"Essentially he had no contact outside his house with real people for four to five years," he said.

Mr Fuggle urged Magistrate David Heilpern to consider a suspended sentence, saying Turner "would not survive ... physically or psychologically" in prison".

Commonwealth DPP Prosecutor Ms Karavias reminded Mr Heilpern about the High Court direction of general deterrence for child sex offences.

Mr Heilpern described the offences as a "callous and predatory crime".

"There is no excuse, no matter how mentally suffering an individual is, to possess that sort of material," he said.

Mr Heilpern sentenced Turner to two years' jail with an 18-month non-parole period. He will be eligible for parole on November 20, 2015.

An application to appeal Turner's sentence was lodged with Lismore Local Court yesterday afternoon.

Topics:  child porn, court, jail



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