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Case adjourned for Australian doctor facing child pornography charges in P.E.I.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

An Australian doctor facing child pornography charges in P.E.I. had his case adjourned again while the matters remain before the courts in his home country.

Dr. Stephen Peter Menzies Murray wasn’t in P.E.I. Supreme Court in Charlottetown Tuesday when his case was called before Chief Justice Tracey Clements. 

Crown attorney Nathan Beck told the court transfer proceedings to have the matter dealt with in Australia where Murray is facing further charges are ongoing.

In 2018, Murray was charged in P.E.I. with possessing, making and distributing child pornography.

The allegations related to written material and the RCMP said they arrested Murray after a member of the public reported suspicious activity.

Murray has since returned to Australia after his release on several conditions that included posting $750,000 in bail.

During a court appearance in May 2019, the court heard Murray’s charges are being transferred to Australia.

On Tuesday, Beck said the matters are in the hands of an Australian prosecutor and if they are dealt with to the P.E.I. Crown’s satisfaction that will be the end of them here. 

Before adjourning court, Clements reminded the lawyers for both sides that the matters have been before the courts for a while and she hopes for more of an update when the case is called again on Oct. 8.

ryan.ross@theguardian.pe.ca
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