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(AUSTRALIA) JUST IN: A former contestant on the reality TV show Farmer Wants a Wife is facing a possible jail term after admitting to possessing thousands of images and videos of young children being sexually abused #AceNewsDesk report


#AceNewsReport – Mar.19: Matthew Eric Goyder, who featured in the 2016 series of the show, was arrested early last year after chatting online, using the name PilbaraBoy90, with a woman who — unbeknown to him — was an undercover police officer.

Former reality TV star Matt Goyder faces WA jail over child exploitation material: ‘State prosecutor Justin Keogh said Goyder sent the officer two videos showing girls aged between four and eight years being sexually abused and had also sent messages suggesting he had a sexual interest in children’

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Former reality TV contestant Matt Goyder was arrested after chatting to an undercover police officer online.(ABC News: Jon Sambell)

Police then seized a number of computers and phones from the apartment where Goyder was staying. 

An analysis of the devices found more than 2,200 images and more than 1,900 videos — some of which were described in court as “highly disturbing”.

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The court heard Goyder had a long history of mental illness.(Facebook: Farmer Wants a Wife Australia)

Goyder’s lawyer, Sam Vandongen SC, told the West Australian District Court his client had been suffering from mental illness — including anxiety and depression — from a young age.

Mr Vandongen submitted that Goyder’s decision to appear on the reality show in 2016, at a time when he was unwell, showed some level of dysfunction in his life.

“He must have gone into that with his eyes wide shut,” Mr Vandongen said. 

“It’s unfortunate that somebody of his vulnerability was able to be convinced there would be some meaningful relationship for him at the end … he travelled to Queensland for it and that came crashing down.”

Mr Vandongen said his client’s first admission to a psychiatric facility was after that relationship breakdown, and he self-medicated with drugs, including methylamphetamine.

That led to Goyder becoming “hypersexual” and accessing hardcore pornography but when he was out of his drug-induced state, Mr Vandongen said Goyder was disgusted by what he had done.

In 2019, he also overdosed on what was believed to be steroids and suffered a hypoxic brain injury — caused by a restriction of oxygen supply to the brain — which Mr Vandongen said had further impaired Goyder’s judgement and his ability to make rational decisions.

Mr Vandongen said it was “ironic” that Goyder’s appearance on the TV show had led to his case being reported in the media, saying he had been “shamed quite considerably and publicly”.

Court hears debate over sexual threat

Goyder’s lawyer also submitted his client now fully understood the impact his offences had — particularly on the children shown in the images and videos — and he argued Goyder should receive a suspended jail term, highlighting a report by a psychiatrist which had concluded he had no sexual interest in children and did not pose a threat to them.

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One psychiatrist said Goyder did not have a sexual interest in children, which was contested by the state prosecutor.(ABC News: Jon Sambell)

However, that finding was challenged by Mr Keogh, who said the messages sent by Goyder to the undercover officer demonstrated he had “a real interest in children” and he should be sent to prison.

The court heard Goyder had been kicked out of the drug rehabilitation facility where he had been staying for the past 13 months, after taking an opioid drug because he was nervous about the court proceedings.

He was released on bail to live with his family until his case returns to court next month, when he may be sentenced.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.19: 2021:

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