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P.E.I. child porn case to be heard in Australian doctor's home country

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

An Australian doctor facing child pornography charges in P.E.I. will have his matters dealt with in his home country after a transfer of the case was approved.

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 he had been in contact with the federal Crown in Australia and learned a transfer of the charges has been approved.

Murray is facing charges of possessing, making and distributing child pornography after his arrest in P.E.I. in 2018.

The allegations against Murray relate to written material and the RCMP said they arrested him after a tip from the public.

He is also facing charges in Australia.

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

On Tuesday, Beck said the matter will be tried in Australia and an indictment is expected to be filed there by the end of the month.

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