Child pornography: 60-year-old begs for court’s mercy
A 60-YEAR-OLD man who has pleaded guilty to being in possession of child pornography is expected to be sentenced next week.
Colin Russell Mackenzie, from the Midlands, appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court yesterday.
He was convicted last month by magistrate Muntukayise Khumalo of being in possession of child pornography. About 142 images of naked children and 176 videos of children having sexual intercourse were found on his laptop.
In his plea, Mackenzie admitted that on February 9, 2016, he unlawfully and intentionally had in his possession images and scenes of child pornography. He said that he was at home when police arrived and produced a search warrant. He allowed them in and they took out photographs.
Police found a laptop on top of a table in his lounge and seized it. They ascertained that there were many images on the device which were in contravention of the Films and Publications Act. “I was arrested and charged accordingly. I admit that I had in my possession, stored on my computer all of the images. I admit that at all times I was able to fully appreciate and understand the wrongfulness of my actions,” he said.
Mackenzie admitted that his actions were wrongful, unlawful and intentional. “I have no valid defence for my actions. I am truly remorseful and beg the court’s mercy when imposing sentence,” he said.