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Scratch a scumbag

The Victorian police said they were pulling out the stops on this one and they did just that

Great work guys

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It'll be a miracle if that guy lives long enough to see a trial. Bush fires and child porn? He'll get a shiv in the liver is my bet.

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I'm glad that he was apprehended, sorry to hear that the death toll has now 181 and may go higher. If he is guilty of starting the fire, then he should receive a punishment that is... no, you don't need me to tell you that.

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Good job to the Victorian police for apprehending someone. Now, let's see if he can be tried in court, rather than in Facebook and forums.

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Not sure what the procedure is down in Oz but I know in the US they'll have all sorts of lawyer-y tricks about evidence suppression, so I'd be surprised if enough about the kiddie porn will make it into the trial to get that additional charge to stick. Then again, you guys may be a little better at getting prosecution evidence in there than they are here.

Back in college I had to take a couple law classes, and one of the statistics that jumped out at me is that it was calculated that between 30-40% of all prosecution evidence at any trial was thrown out for various technical reasons. Whether that's gone up or down over the intervening years I'm unsure, but knowing how our system works probably more is thrown out now than was then even.

If he's convicted, he should have the book thrown at him. Hell they should throw the whole library at him.

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