Customs media release
Six months gaol for child pornography importer - Friday, 26th June 2009
A 49-year-old Canley Heights man was yesterday sentenced to gaol for the importation of child and abhorrent pornography in the Downing Centre Local Court.
Mr Darat Chumm was ordered to serve a gaol term of six months and 17 days for the charge of importing child pornography in contravention of the Customs Act 1901.
Customs and Border Protection investigations began on 7 February 2009 when Mr Chumm arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from Singapore.
During an examination of Mr Chumm's baggage, Customs and Border Protection officers located three DVDs that contained images of child pornography and bestiality. Mr Chumm was subsequently charged and arrested.
Customs and Border Protection National Manager Investigations, Richard Janeczko, said others should take heed from this gaol sentence.
"Customs and Border Protection is very serious about preventing the importation of child and abhorrent pornography.
"Importing these materials is a serious crime, and those who attempt to do so face extremely serious consequences, including prosecution and heavy penalties, including gaol time," Mr Janeczko said.
Mr Chumm was fined $800 for the charge of importing bestiality material in contravention of the Customs Act 1901. He was also ordered to pay court costs.
For further details contact Customs and Border Protection Communication and Media (02) 6275 6793.
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