Among the Toowoomba man’s downloads were images of children being raped by adults, the judge said.
Among the Toowoomba man’s downloads were images of children being raped by adults, the judge said.

Toowoomba man jailed for appalling child sex videos

A TOOWOOMBA man caught with 232 videos and 91 images of child exploitation material was on a suspended sentence and parole for the same offence, the city’s District Court has been told.

Grant Douglas Hawkins had in April last yer been sentenced to a wholly suspended 15 month jail term after pleading guilty to having 466 images, Crown prosecutor Matt LeGrand said.

And, as a reportable offender under the Child Protection Act, he had failed to comply with his reporting obligations a number of times, he said.

Then, on December 28 last year, police seized the 37-year-old’s various social media devices and found the videos and images, some of which included the most serious of offences against children.

The ages of the children videoed ranged from babies to early teens, the court heard.

Dawkins pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation material, failing to comply with reporting obligations, as well as drugs and utensils charges.

His barrister Jessica Goldie said her client had issues with drugs and alcohol and had also been the victim of a stabbing that left him with a punctured lung.

Judge Deborah Richards said the material that Hawkins had downloaded included “young children four to eight years of age being raped by adults”.

Some of the images of children also included bestiality, she said.

“There’s nothing good to say about what you downloaded,” Judge Richards told Hawkins.

People who accessed such material added to a market where adults tortured and abused children, she said.

Declaring 308 days pre-sentence custody as time served under the sentence, Judge Richards sentenced Hawkins to a total 33 months in jail but ordered he be eligible to apply for release on parole as of May 26 next year.

Originally published as Toowoomba man jailed for appalling child sex videos


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