A judge has sent an Australian man caught with extreme child sex abuse images to jail for nearly two and a half years.
Customs staff stopped Thomas Arpad Meyer when he arrived at Auckland International Airport in April.
They found a total of 4000 images on the 56-year-old's laptop.
Many of these images showed dead and mutilated bodies of young women and children who were victims of sexual crimes, torture, rape and murder.
There were also images of women and girls as young as six being tortured and sexually abused.
At the Auckland District Court today, Meyer was jailed for two years and five months.
He will be deported back to Australia when he has finished his sentence.
Customs said each of the images involving a living victim depicted a crime in progress.