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Man claims hackers planted sex images on PC

An Amanzimtoti man accused of possessing thousands of computerised child pornography images is expected to raise a technical defence - that he was a victim of a hacker who downloaded the images on to his computer without his knowledge.

Mark Rawlinson, 36, on Thursday pleaded "definitely not guilty" before Durban Regional Court Magistrate Trevor Levitt. The magistrate is sitting with an assessor, computer expert Ian Melamud, because of the "complexity of the evidence".

Rawlinson is charged with 1 159 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of allowing children under 18 to view pornography.

Initial charges against him of rape and indecent assault were withdrawn.

ยป Independent Online - Tania Broughton - 09-06-2006

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