Child case headed to higher court

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY man ac­cused of pos­sess­ing child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial tried to plead guilty to the charge in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court this week.

Bradley James Geer­ing was caught with images of young girls on Septem­ber 24 in Proser­pine.

In court on Mon­day he said he wanted the mat­ter dealt with but he was told by po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith “you can’t”.

“You need to see a lawyer – you’ve got Cat three and Cat four images here,” she said.

Mag­is­trate Ron Muir­head elab­o­rated on this by telling Geer­ing “the charge is so se­ri­ous that it can’t be dealt with in this court”.

“It has to be dealt with by a judge in the dis­trict court,” he said.

The case was ad­journed to April

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