CAUGHT with 19,000 images of children downloaded from the internet, mostly photos of naked girls, a young Northern Rivers man has been sent to the Richmond Mental Health Clinic for assessment.
It follows his numerous verbal outbursts in the Lismore Local Court.
“I’m not a pedophile,” he yelled out to magistrate Nicholas Reimer at least twice during a court hearing last week.
The man, 25, is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography that stem from offences in 2008. It is believed most of the images involve young girls aged between 10 and 15.
The Crown prosecutor said she wanted to make it clear the images were not of very young children, and provided the court with a ‘sample’ of 300 images.
Through his lawyer Greg Walsh, the man sought to have the offences dealt with under provisions of the mental health act instead of at law.
Defence evidence was put forward of a mental health condition including emerging schizophrenia.
Mr Walsh argued that his client now recognised he had significant mental health issues, with his parents going to great lengths to do all they could to help their troubled son.
The man’s father detailed how his son experienced significant conduct change following his witnessing of a violent act some years ago.
His son became withdrawn, behavioural problems emerged, and he began believing people were following him or listening in on his conversations.
A Sydney psychiatrist gave evidence that he believed the man to be suffering an untreated mental illness with an emerging psychosis.
The case is due back before the court today.