SERIOUS CHARGE: Dalby District Court heard the man possessed over 1900 images of children on his laptop.
SERIOUS CHARGE: Dalby District Court heard the man possessed over 1900 images of children on his laptop. TREVOR VEALE

Local man breaches parole with 1900 disturbing images

CROWN prosecutor Jennifer O'Brien pleaded with the Dalby District Court to activate the remainder of John Powell's sentence after he allegedly breached his suspended sentence on four occasions.

Powell, 55, was earlier convicted of possessing child exploitation material after police seized a laptop containing 1916 images of children aged 5-12 years on January 29, 2018.

He was charged with breaching his suspended sentence four times when he failed to comply with parole conditions.

On August 4, 2018, Powell failed to report his employment details to a parole officer within seven days.

The other three charges related to incidents in December 2018 when Powell allegedly failed to inform a parole officer of a landline and internet connection, as well as a change of address within seven days.

Defence lawyer David Jones told the court the nature of Powell's job meant, if he stayed in one spot for more than seven days accumulatively, it became registered as a home address, thus justifying the breach.

Powell allegedly informed his parole officer of the changes outside of the seven days.

"It is re-offending that is more technical than wilful,” Judge Dennis Lynch told the court.

Judge Lynch accepted Powell's guilty plea, convicted him and ordered his suspended sentence be extended by three months, to two years and three months.