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Pedophile eats poisoned Snickers bar in court as jury finds him guilty of child sex crimes involving partner's daughter
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Pedophile eats poisoned Snickers bar in court as jury finds him guilty of child sex crimes involving partner's daughter

An Australian man scarfed down a poisoned Snickers bar in a courtroom at the same time as the guilty verdicts for child sex crimes were being read, according to reports.

A man was convicted of four "serious" child sex crimes that involved the daughter of his partner. The man, said to be in his mid-70s, was not named because it would allow the underaged victim to be identified.

The Canberra Times reported, "In an opening address, prosecutor Fiona Martin said it was alleged the offending took place between 1991 and 2000 while the girl was aged between four and 14 years old."

The man from the Australian city of Portland was in Warrnambool County Court in the state of Victoria on Friday. During the trial, the convicted pedophile took out a Snickers chocolate bar from his pocket.

Warrnambool Standard crime reporter Andrew Thomson noticed that the man began eating the Snickers candy bar. Thomson said a bailiff told the man that eating is prohibited in court. However, the man continued to eat the chocolate bar.

"He then told the custody staff he had poisoned himself as he had laced the chocolate bar with rat poison," Thomson wrote.

The man "remained in custody despite his declaration and later collapsed in the Warrnambool police station cells, breaking a finger," according to the Daily Mail.

The man was transported to the Warrnambool Base Hospital, where he was treated for poisoning. He spent time recovering in the hospital's intensive care unit and needed medication. The man's condition improved, and he was returned to jail.

The convicted pedophile is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 11, when he will face a preliminary sentence hearing.

Last August, a Texas man convicted of child sex abuse drank a mystery liquid that ended up being poison.

"As these verdicts were being read, he chugged a bottle of water he had at counsel table," said Denton County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck.

The convicted pedophile was pronounced dead at the hospital from consuming the poison. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that consuming a deadly amount of sodium nitrite was the cause of the man's death.

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