DEFENDANT: Jasmesh Samson Singh, 24, of Sydney is accused of grooming a 13-year-old girl online. He faced Mackay Magistrates Court on several dozen charges.
DEFENDANT: Jasmesh Samson Singh, 24, of Sydney is accused of grooming a 13-year-old girl online. He faced Mackay Magistrates Court on several dozen charges. Facebook

Child grooming accused to spend Christmas behind bars

A SYDNEY man extradited to Queensland over allegations he groomed a Mackay teen online has wished a magistrate a "merry Christmas".

But it's very likely Jasmesh Samson Singh, 24, will spend the entirety of his festive season behind bars.

The 24-year-old man fronted Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink from prison on December 12, appearing relatively cheerful in the circumstances.

Police have alleged Singh exchanged more than 31,000 messages with the 13-year-old Mackay girl from December, 2017, through a mobile gaming app and over Facetime video chat.

Singh faces 46 charges in total, including 28 counts of using a carriage service to cause child pornography material to be transmitted to himself and seven counts each of using a carriage service to solicit child pornography and using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person aged under 16.

Additionally, Singh has been charged with two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child online and one count each of using a carriage service to transmit, make available, publish or distribute child pornography material, and using a carriage service to groom a person aged under 16.

Singh's defence solicitor from Legal Aid Queensland, Danny Yarrow, told the court the case was due to be escalated to a higher court.

However, a registry committal had not been completed.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer adjourned Singh's case almost five months for the committal to be finalised.

Mr Yarrow did not apply for bail on Singh's behalf.

Singh was due to reappear in the court on May 10, 2019.



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