Oh I just accidentally download all that porn

This whole article in the Manawatu Standard is just so totally unbelievable, but then again it is the Manawatu and they do seem to have an unusually large incidence of sicko porn freaks seeking name supression. Yet more evidence that Palmerston North should be used for nuclear testing.

I just love the excuse “the man, who cannot recognise facial expressions, used the images to relieve pain” instead of for sexual gratification.

Again a bang up case for the removal of name suppression.

A Manawatu man awaiting sentencing on child porn charges says the images were accidentally downloaded while trying to ease his migraine pain.

A judge in the Palmerston North District Court deferred sentencing yesterday after a doctor explained how the man suffers from an unusual medical condition.

Details, including the man’s name and the town where he lives, are suppressed.

The Manawatu Standard also cannot reveal his medical condition as it may lead to his identification.

He has pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing objectionable material.

While being questioned by Judge Les Atkins the man’s doctor said that he did not believe his patient had used the images for sexual gratification.

Instead the man, who cannot recognise facial expressions, used the images to relieve pain.

Police searched the man’s home in January 2008 and several computers and hard drives, containing images of naked girls, were seized from the premises.

When spoken to by police the man said he searched the internet for “cute” girls to view to stop him going “crazy” from migraines.

He used a program to download images from websites automatically and said he deleted any which were objectionable immediately.

While the objectionable images had been moved to the deleted file they had not been completely erased.

Police had only provided the dates of when the images were last accessed rather than the number of times the files were opened, which could aid the man’s defence.

Judge Atkins ordered police to investigate whether the number of times the images were viewed could be uncovered and deferred sentencing until that could be ascertained.

Lawyer Steve Winter is seeking a discharge without conviction and permanent name suppression for his client, who is due to re-appear in December.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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