Net charges for young offender

AN 18-YEAR-OLD Casino man will know at the end of the month if child pornography charges against him will remain in the Children’s Court or be heard in Lismore Local Court.

The case was mentioned briefly in Lismore Children’s Court this week.

The young man was charged over using the internet to access child pornography at Casino between January 30, 2009 and October 2009.

His defence lawyer Vince Boss said it was not known whether a new charge, alleged to have been committed when his client was 18, would be heard before the Children’s or Local Court.

The man is also charged with using the internet to access child pornography on October 16, 2009.

As part of his bail conditions he must not use the internet except for the purpose of accessing websites for his employment.

With the matters before magistrate Robyn Denes it was revealed the man faces a third charge of possessing child pornography.

It is alleged that police found approximately 150 explicit images and video files on his laptop.

The case was adjourned to March 29 to allow the police prosecutor time to take instruction from the Commonwealth crown prosecutor on how it intends to proceed with the offences.

Ms Denes said there would be no further adjournments of the matter without proper explanation.

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