Indian man visiting Perth jailed for child exploitation material found on phone

Indian man visiting Perth jailed for child exploitation material found on phone

AN Indian national will be deported from Western Australia after he serves two months in jail for possessing child exploitation material and other abhorrent content.

The nine videos were found on two mobile phones owned by Manpreet Singh, 32, during a baggage search after he flew in to Perth from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

They included bestiality, children being slapped and dropped on tiles, and other severely offensive content.

Singh was taken into custody, had his tourist visa cancelled and told police in a video-recorded interview that he knew child pornography was illegal in Australia and India, but didn’t know the videos he possessed fell into that category.

Singh pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court to two Commonwealth charges earlier this week and was sentenced on Thursday.

His sister, who he’d come to visit, was in the public gallery to support him.

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.