Child porn defendant gets defence

A NORTHERN Rivers man who is fighting three charges of child pornography has had his case adjourned to March 17 after his law-yer’s application failed to have the matters dealt with under mental health provisions.

The man, 25, also has a new Sydney defence counsel in a case that has been before the courts nearly two years.

A court order prohibits publication of his name, or material that would identify him, after a former legal representative put information before the Lismore Local Court last year that the man was in fear of being harmed, and may also pose a self-harm risk.

A court-ordered assessment last month by the Richmond Clinic following his noisy outbursts in a court hearing, found him not to be suffering a mental illness.

His former lawyer has now been replaced by Sydney counsel Christine Nash who, in a court mention this week, asked for a bail variation that would allow the man to live at either of two addresses as long as he was there with either his mother or father.

The Crown said it now wanted the matter to proceed to sentence, but Ms Nash replied she had only one hour to obtain instructions from her client.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said she would expect a plea to now be entered with the case to proceed before magistrate Nicholas Reimer who had been dealing with the ongoing matter.

Ms Nash said there was a strong possibility a plea would be entered at the next court date.

Her client was also due to see a psychologist on March 12.

Ms Nash said although the matter was not ready to proceed that day but, given the short time, his new defence had moved quickly and there was no intention to make a new application for the matter to be heard under mental health provisions.

The Crown said there was no issue with the facts before the court and these were the ones the man would be sentenced on.

Magistrate Denes said the man’s bail would continue, however she had been advised he was seen on his own at a hotel.

The Crown replied the man was picked up by police at the hotel without a parent but was not charged with a breach of bail.

Ms Nash then responded saying it was her understanding her client was at the hotel with his father.

Ms Denes said she had been of mind to refuse the man bail because he had made threats to harm court staff.



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