Porn case in hands of DPP

A SPRINGDALE Heights man appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday, charged with child pornography offences.

Bruce Christopher Whiting has been charged with possessing child abuse material and using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography.

He was represented by Tim Hemsley, who said the second charge was strictly indictable with a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail.

Police prosecutor Sgt Andrew Pike said the brief of evidence relating to the charges had been forwarded to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the department had taken over the case.

Sgt Pike said the prosecution wanted the case adjourned for six weeks.

Magistrate Tony Murray adjourned the charges until May 27 for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to decide whether it proceeds.

Whiting, 72, of Algona Road, is charged with possessing the child abuse material between 7am and 2pm on October 10 last year. The other charge relates to promoting child pornography during the same time period.

Mr Hemsley said an application to vary bail conditions would be made when the case returned to court.

It is proposed a condition requiring Whiting to report to police be deleted. Mr Murray continued Whiting’s bail.

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