Glynn Patrick Murdoch, 40, walks free from the Warwick District Court yesterday.
Glynn Patrick Murdoch, 40, walks free from the Warwick District Court yesterday.

Child porn found on hard drive

A BROKEN external computer hard drive exposed a cache of child exploitation images when repair technicians stumbled upon the load, the District Court heard yesterday.

Glynn Patrick Murdoch pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child exploitation material after his sordid image library was uncovered by staff of a Warwick electrical retailer.

The court heard the Wallangarra man took a faulty hard drive into the store last year to be fixed but it was soon passed to police as photo phrases like “teen virgins”, “underage” and “pedophiles” rang alarm bells with employees.

On December 2 last year police searched Murdoch’s home where about 18 exploitation images were found.

The Crown Prosecutor said child abuse images were classified into five categories – with a high numeric classification deeming those considered the worst – which include material of penetration to sadism and bestiality.

The District Court heard the 40-year-old’s collection mainly included images classified into category one but did contain images under category three.

Two computers and an external computer hard drive were confiscated.

The Crown stated that the images included children involved in explicit sexual activity with adults, with some downloaded by an internet file-sharing program.

Murdoch’s defence barrister urged visiting district court Judge Gregory Koppenol to prevent his client’s name from being published, citing “small town” harshness for the request.

However Judge Koppenol refused and said criminal activity involving children was unacceptable in any community.

Judge Koppenol spoke of the nature of some of the images – some too horrific to be detailed in the media – and said it was the community’s right to know the extent of the material.

“There were images of children with breasts exposed, children in various states of undress, kissing adult genitalia, (graphic) photos of penile insertion,” His Honour said.

“This was the nature (of material) you had on your computer.

“The community has a dim view of child pornography and it is not a victimless crime ... they are exploited by those who profit from this material.

“Otherwise (Murdoch) had a blameless life.

“Even though this might be seen at the lower end (of child exploitation categories) they were still graphic and humiliating.”

Murdoch was then sentenced to six months in prison, to be wholly suspended for an operational period of two years before he walked from the courtroom.

“Even though this might be seen at the lower end they were still graphic and humiliating.”


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