SA man gets 10 years for ‘disgusting’ child porn

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SA man gets 10 years for ‘disgusting’ child porn

FREE TO READ | Magistrate doesn’t think much of accused’s explanation that he was sexually assaulted at an early age

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A 55-year-old Durban man began serving an effective 10-year prison sentence on Tuesday for possession of about 20,000 images and videos of child pornography.

Gert Harmzen, of Hillary, failed to impress Durban Regional Court magistrate Melanie de Jager with his explanation that he had been sexually abused as a child and was “looking for answers” when he downloaded the images over 12 years.

The magistrate said many were “disgusting” and portrayed children – from infants to teenagers – being raped...

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