June 9, 2009 - 12:36PM
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A Queensland man facing child-abuse charges for republishing a video on the internet has gone to extraordinary lengths by bringing in a high-profile barrister to defend him.
The controversial case has already set him back more than $12,000 in legal fees.
Chris Illingworth, a 61-year-old father of four, will face a committal hearing at Maroochydore Magistrates Court on July 8.
He is charged with accessing and uploading child-abuse material after he published, on a video-sharing site, a video of a man swinging a baby around like a rag doll.
He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years' imprisonment for each of the two charges.
Illingworth's lawyer, Michael Byrne, QC, has worked on some of the biggest criminal cases recently, including
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