Melbourne, Jan 31 (PTI) An Indian man was sentenced to two months in jail by an Australian court on Thursday for having child exploitation videos and other abhorrent content in his phones, according to a media report. Also Read - India vs England 2021: Ajinkya Rahane Dancing With Daughter on Day 1 of Quarantine in Chennai Ahead of 1st Test is Unmissable | WATCH VIDEO
Manpreet Singh, 32, will be deported to India after completing his prison term, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported. Also Read - Jugaad or Stupidity? 4 Chinese Men Eat 30 Kg Oranges in Half An Hour to Avoid Paying Extra Baggage Fee
Singh, during a baggage search after he flew in to Perth from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, was found having nine videos — which included bestiality and other severely offensive content — in his two mobile phones. Also Read - Tractor Rally Violence: Can't Continue Protest With Rakesh Tikait, Says AIKSCC Leader VM Singh
Singh was taken into custody and his tourist visa was cancelled. He told police in a video-recorded interview that he knew child pornography was illegal in Australia and India, but did not know the videos he possessed fell into that category, the report said.
He pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court to two Commonwealth charges earlier this week and was sentenced on Thursday.
The court heard he had many more videos on his phones that he deleted before he came to Australia.
The magistrate said the offending was serious but took into account Singh’s early guilty plea, cooperation with authorities and previously clean record.
Singh was fined $500 and sentenced to seven months in prison, but will only have to serve two months behind bars.
For the remaining five months, he will be subject to a $1000 good behaviour recognisance, but will likely spend time in immigration detention before being sent back to India. PTI
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