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Defendant claims material was saved “accidentally”

A Dunedin jury heard yesterday how a man had ‘accidentally’ recorded over 11,000 objectionable videos and images.

When Peace Patrick Buckley (34) clicked on a hyperlink that sent him to an online folder called “Nunu”, he said “[he] had no way of knowing what it was until he was in [his] Account”.

Inside that file, on the Mega cloud storage site, were thousands of sexually explicit videos featuring children and teens.

Buckley faces three primary charges of possessing objectionable postings, knowing they were objectionable, as well as three alternative charges of just possession which stem from four occasions on June 8, 12 and 19, 2018 when he filed the case. “Nunu” in his account. .

Attorney Brendon Stephenson said the defense case was that his client had no intention of seeking this particular material, or having or viewing it.

“At one point he actually opened a video, realized within seconds that it was child sexual abuse material, immediately [got] outside of that, [got] himself out of the Mega [app] and [did] not coming back,” he said.

Buckley was scouring the porn side of the internet in early June 2018, looking for particular videos.

On these “legal” porn sites, Buckley would read the comment sections to find other videos or links.

From there, he sometimes ended up on “blog sites” that had content of a certain genre with endless pages of hyperlinks.

“I mostly remember it because it was frustrating for me,” Buckley said of his Mega experience when he clicked on the hyperlink that took him to “Nunu.”

He remembers the company asking him to download its app to his phone and create an account before he could view the files.

Crown prosecutor Richard Smith asked Buckley why his recollection of the events contradicted evidence provided earlier by Mega’s chief compliance officer, Stephen Hall.

The link was available to anyone who had it and users did not need to have an account to view the material, Hall said.

Buckley said he remembered Mega specifically because it asked him to complete tasks before viewing the material, while other links did not.

“Me, in my heart of hearts, I believe that I am not lying”.

Once inside the Mega app, Buckley did not recall seeing any thumbnails of videos or images as Mr Hall and Home Affairs Chief Inspector John Peacock said the application would appear.

“All I remember is seeing files, Manila folders with names on them,” he said.

He remembers clicking on the first one he saw until he came to a video, but seeing that it was objectionable material, he left it immediately and deleted the folder.

He couldn’t remember why there were three other times the folder had been uploaded and deleted on his account.

However, Mr Smith did not believe that after searching online for a specific area of ​​pornography, Buckley randomly clicked on files through the “Nunu” folder without looking at what they were.

“It’s no coincidence because I’m on the sites looking for something in particular, and [the hyperlink] was on the site,” replied the defendant.

Mr Smith suggested Buckley was making up his story based on the evidence.

“No I’m not”.

When asked why John Parker’s name was used on behalf of Buckley, the defendant said that was the alias he had used for years in his hosting job and that Spiderman was his favorite superhero.

“I didn’t think I could be Spiderman, but I could be his brother.”

The trial continues.