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Marrickville man charged after child abuse material found on phone

Friday, 02 October 2015 02:20:23 AM

A 36-year-old Marrickville man has been charged after police discovered child abuse material on a phone that had been stolen earlier this year.

On Sunday 15 March 2015, a mobile phone was stolen from a unit on Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills.

The 36-year-old Marrickville man who owns the phone reported the theft to police.

Two days later, around 3am on Tuesday 17 March 2015, a man was stopped and searched by police on George Street in the Sydney CBD. During the search, police located the stolen phone. The man was arrested and charged, with his matters currently before the courts.

Officers examined the contents of the phone and, in the process, discovered it contained child abuse material. Inquiries revealed that the child abuse material had been stored on the phone prior to it being stolen on 15 March.

Shortly before midday yesterday (Thursday 1 October 2015), police attended a home on Gorman Street, Marrickville, where they arrested a 36-year-old man.

He was taken to Newtown Police Station and charged with accessing and transmitting child pornography.

Granted conditional bail, he is scheduled to appear before the Downing Centre Local Court on 22 October 2015.

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