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Man wins freedom, and help
HIS infatuation with trains left him with two broken legs and frontal lobe damage.
His fascination with child exploitation material had put him behind bars for the past 11 days.
But James Wesley Gibson won his freedom yesterday and will finally have support from Disability Services Queensland.
Mr Gibson was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome at age five and has an acquired brain injury after he was scooped up by a freight train and thrown into the air
in South Australia last year.
The 23-year-old, who has a mental age of 12, was allegedly accessing child pornography at Beerwah library on June 3.
He was already on bail on charges of possessing 230 child exploitation images in August last year.
He had also been charged with possessing child pornography, including a seven-minute film on a memory stick, in April.
Lawyer Brendan Ryan said Mr Gibson suffered two significant illnesses and had become infatuated with the child images similar to his obsession with trains.
He said his client had never been prioritised highly enough to receive help from DSQ but the service had now confirmed its assistance.
Mr Ryan said police fears that Mr Gibson had been behaving oddly towards women could be explained. He said his client had become "chatty" since the train
accident but people often found the way he communicated, often staring, concerning.
"If any of these people he approached had any appreciation of his problems ..they would treat him far more carefully in the way they communicated with him," he said.
Magistrate Tom Killeen said while reoffending was a real risk, he did not believe keeping Mr Gibson in custody was justified and he could get the help he
needed in the community.
Mr Gibson has a curfew from 7pm to 7am, is prohibited from accessing computers or Internet services, and cannot attend any public libraries or Internet cafes.
Sunshine Coast Daily (QLD) (16-5-2010)
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23yo man on child porn charges
A YOUNG man with a mental age of 12 who was caught with child porn in Landsborough last week cancelled his bid for bail yesterday.
Solicitor John McDonald told Maroochydore Magistrates Court he wanted to present the court with more medical material about James Wesley Gibson.
Police prosecutor Leonie Scott said the 23-year-old was already facing a committal hearing next week for possessing 230 child exploitation images on three memory sticks and on his computer in August last year.
She said he had also been charged with possessing child exploitation material in April and May, including a seven-minute film on a memory stick.
Mr Gibson was on bail for those offences when he was charged with two more counts last week.
Mr McDonald said his client, who had mental health issues, was recently visiting family in South Australia when he was struck by a train.
He said Mr Gibson now had an acquired brain injury too.
Mr McDonald said police were unable to interview him because he had been laughing uncontrollably.
“The primary concern is that if released on bail he would commit further offences,” he said.
But Mr McDonald said there were no longer computers accessible at home.
“If he were to remain in custody, it would have to be in a protective facility and with people of a like mental age,” he said.
“If he were allowed freedom, he would most likely have to promise not to use computers at libraries or Internet cafes and the like.”
The magistrate said “something has to change”.
After lunch, Mr McDonald decided to withdraw the bail application and the case was adjourned until Thursday.
Sunshine Coast Daily (8-5-2010)
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