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Fatal crash driver sentenced for child porn, drugs

A YOUNG drug addict, who caused a fatal crash at Torbanlea, has been sentenced for possessing child pornography, with a judge saying it was people like him who created a market for children worldwide to be abused.

Luke Thomas Brown, 25, first made headlines when he was found with 37 pills in his car at the scene of a crash which claimed the life of 62-year-old Bundaberg motorcyclist Peter Knight and left his wife seriously injured in April, 2012.

He served just six months jail for dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death but found himself back behind bars this year when he was caught with dozens of images depicting "very young" children to teenagers in sexual poses and performing acts with, among other things, pencils.

Police also found A4 paper print outs of instructions for making meth.

Looking at Brown, Judge David Reid told him "if people like you didn't look at it (child pornography) online, there wouldn't be an incentive to produce it".

He said Brown may have thought what he was doing was a victimless crime, but the child pornography industry was about "supply and demand" and people who looked at it were contributing to the abuse and exploitation of children.

Noting Brown's "very worrying" criminal history, which along with the driving conviction included credit card fraud, Judge Reid sentenced him to 12 months jail with parole release set for next month.

Describing meth as a "curse to users and a curse to society", Judge Reid said he had no doubt that with a drug history like his, Brown had an interest in producing the drug but noted he had returned clear tests for many months and sentenced him to post-jail probation for two years.

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