Robert Marinus Hart: Disturbing discovery on a mobile phone pawned at Cash ... trends now
A father-of-five who downloaded hundreds of sickening child abuse images was only caught after pawning his phone at a Cash Converters.
Robert Marinus Hart, 48, from Seacombe Gardens in Adelaide, was spared jail in the District Court of South Australia last week, despite police discovering 632 child abuse images on his old phone, with around half of them in the most serious category possible.
Hart pleaded guilty to the offence of aggravated possession of child exploitation material and was handed a suspended sentence of one year and eight months, with the first year to be served under home detention.
In sentencing, Judge Joana Fuller revealed the depraved dad was the 'author of his own demise' when he was caught after pawning his Samsung phone to a Cash Converters on 10 May 2022.
A store employee discovered the horrifying images and alerted police who raided Hart's home and arrested him.
Hart was only caught after pawning his Samsung phone to a Cash Converters on 10 May 2022 (stock image)
The court heard he told police he first came across the images on Snapchat.
'You saw some advertisements on Snapchat for child pornography which you began clicking on and which contained images of child pornography which you then screenshotted