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ACT Supreme Court jails Philip Mertell for possessing, accessing child abuse material

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By Blake Foden
Updated March 9 2022 - 5:23am, first published 3:00am

A judge has scuppered an "obsessive" Canberra sex offender's plans to retire overseas, jailing him over his "hoarding" of child abuse material described as highly offensive and degrading.

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Blake Foden

Canberra Times court reporter

As a journalist, I've covered everything from a royal tour and a terror attack to international sport. After stints in New Zealand, the UK and the Canary Islands, I returned to Australia in 2018. These days, I cover the ACT and Queanbeyan courts.