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South African court rejects novel child porn defence

A South African court has rejected a novel defence (opens in new tab)that a trojan horse application was responsible for downloading more than 1,000 kiddie porn images to a man's PC.

The magistrate in the Durban court dismissed the claim (opens in new tab)and found Mark Rawlinson, aged 36, guilty on 332 courts of possessing child pornography.

During the trial, the court heard evidence from several computer experts, who pointed out that the defence had been successfully used in a British court (opens in new tab)over the downloading of obscene images.

According to South African newswire reports, Rawlinson faced a litany of 1,162 charges, including statutory rape and indecent assault. The rape and assault charges were withdrawn, however, when the 12-year-old complainant refused to testify.

Rawlinson, who was married and has three children of his own, was sentenced last week to eight-years in prison, suspended for five years.