Port Kennedy: lawyer stops representing man guilty of possessing child pornography

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THE lawyer of a Port Kennedy man who pleaded guilty to possessing hundreds of child exploitation images has stopped representing the man.

In court today, lawyer Philip Urquhart said he no longer wished to represent Frank Viola, citing a conflict of interest.

Judge Simon Stone told Viola he would need to have new legal representation before he was sentenced on February 22.

“Because you face a serious charge you will need representation,” Judge Stone said.

“Don’t think you have come to court and be adjourned from this matter.”