Re­porter faces court over porn

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION - JACK HOUGHTON

THE lawyer for A Cur­rent Af­fair jour­nal­ist Ben McCor­mack says he has “no idea” how his client will plead when he re­turns to court to face charges of us­ing a car­riage ser­vice to trans­mit, pub­lish or pro­mote child pornog­ra­phy.

With his once en­vi­able ca­reer prospects now in doubt, the 43- year- old shuf­fled out of a Syd­ney court yes­ter­day look­ing a shadow of his for­mer self.

The re­porter, who has been sus­pended by the Nine Net­work, silently pushed through a me­dia pack of his for­mer col­leagues as he made his way into the halls of the Down­ing Cen­tre Court with a look of de­jec­tion etched across his face.

It was the first time he had faced court over the child porn charges af­ter be­ing ex­cused from pre­vi­ous sit­tings while he re­ceived treat­ment at a Syd­ney hos­pi­tal. McCor­mack was dra­mat­i­cally stood down from ACA af­ter his Syd­ney of­fice and home were raided by po­lice and spent hours be­ing in­ter­ro­gated by in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Yes­ter­day the court heard po­lice were wait­ing on eight ad­di­tional state­ments from those in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­fore a fi­nal brief of al­le­ga­tions could be sub­mit­ted.

DE­JECTED: Ben McCor­mack walks past wait­ing me­dia af­ter at­tend­ing the Down­ing Cen­tre Court yes­ter­day.

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