11 Feb 2016

West Coast man sentenced over child sex abuse images

2:39 pm on 11 February 2016

A West Coast man has been sentenced to eight months home detention for possessing child sex abuse pictures.

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Stephen Marshall Neill had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing 250 computer image files depicting the sexual abuse of children aged from about six months through to early teenage years.

In the Greymouth District Court, Judge Gary MacAskill refused the 27-year-old's application for name suppression.

He directed that Neill have no devices capable of accessing the internet, no unsupervised access to children and that he attend a psychological assessment.

An Internal Affairs inspector tracked Neill to a West Coast address after a tipoff from Microsoft Hotmail and the United States' National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.