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R v Armstrong [2020] ACTSC 298

sentence — 1 count of possessing or controlling child abuse material contrary to s 474.22A of Commonwealth Criminal Code — 1 count of accessing child pornography material contrary to ss 474.19(1) and 474.22(1) of Commonwealth Criminal Code mental condition — s 16A(2)(m) — symptoms and behaviour consistent with diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder — offender will find particular difficult in dealing with disorder in custodial setting — contrition — s 16(A)(2)(f) — not confident in making any detailed assessment of offender’s actual remorse or contrition for offending — it is necessary to have a degree of persuasion from the material to reach conclusions — reports do not reveal person with true insight into effect of offending on others and consequent contrition or remorse — approach of offender appears to minimise extent of actions — guilty plea — s 16A(2)(g) — plea of guilty entered at earliest reasonable opportunity — plea is indicative of willingness to facilitate course of justice — weight of plea should be reduced by fact that prosecution case was very strong — offender sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment to be released on recognisance release order after 6 months    
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