March 21, 2013
Crown to seek jail term for cartoon porn importer
"The Crown will seek a jail term for a German visitor who arrived at Christchurch Airport with thousands of images of child abuse cartoon [sic] pornography on his laptop computer.
Markus Balzer, 42, from Kassel, Germany, today pleaded guilty to the charge of importing the objectionable material and was remanded in custody by Judge David McKegg for sentencing on May 16.
After the Christchurch District Court hearing, prosecutor Marcus Zintl said the Crown would be asking for a jail term to be imposed. The maximum penalty for the charge under the Customs and Excise Act is five years’ imprisonment."