CHARGED: Terrence Bell, 68, from Mackay.
CHARGED: Terrence Bell, 68, from Mackay. Luke Mortimer

Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images

A MACKAY man accused of accessing thousands of child pornography images over the internet still hasn't got a lawyer, after Legal Aid Queensland refused him again.

Terrence Bell, 68, remains on bail after fronting Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, unrepresented by a lawyer.

He's been charged with possessing child pornography material and accessing child pornography material via a carriage service (the internet).

No pleas have been entered, but Bell previously told the court he intended to plead guilty.

Bell first appeared before the court earlier this year and told a magistrate he was unable to pay for a lawyer, as money saved for him to be buried next to his parents was "sacrosanct".

At the time, he said Legal Aid Queensland had decided not to represent him, and on Thursday he indicated an appeal had been unsuccessful.

Bell has repeatedly been advised to obtain a lawyer by various magistrates, as his charges can attract up to 14 years in prison.

Facing Magistrate Damien Dwyer on Thursday, Bell was told one of his charges - possession of images - had been escalated to a higher court.

Bell also asked Mr Dwyer to reiterate the charges against him.

Mr Dwyer also ordered a full brief of evidence against Bell be provided to him.

"You still haven't got any legal advice?" Mr Dwyer asked.

"A friend of the court, (solicitor) Rosie (Varley), made an application to Legal Aid, but they've again knocked it back," Bell replied.

Mr Dwyer asked if Bell would "still keep his money in the bank" to which Bell replied "I've only $3000 left now".

The case was adjourned to January 20, 2018, likely for mention, while a committal hearing (to see if there's enough evidence to commit the second charge to a higher court) has been set down for February 2018.



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