'It was so quick': Girl, 7, 'lured to abandoned house'

A man convicted of accessing child pornography has allegedly been caught luring a seven-year-old girl to an abandoned house, locking the door and taking her jumper off.

A good samaritan restrained 34-year-old Christopher Irwin outside the house in Macquarie Fields in Sydney's south west on Friday afternoon until police arrived.

As Irwin appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, charged with taking a child with intent to remove parental control and other offences, the extent of the chilling allegations were revealed.

Irwin allegedly approached the young victim, who was playing with other children in the street, and asked her "do you want to see something cool?"

The alleged victim said no but Irwin managed to take her hand and led her into a vacant property nearby.

The court heard Irwin went into the house, closed the door and locked it.

According to police allegations, he removed the child's jumper and said "be quiet and wait for your Nan to go and I'll let you go".

Fortunately a witness allegedly spotted Irwin walking away with the girl and raised the alarm.

The girl's grandmother was alerted and went to the house where she found the girl.

Two witness detained Irwin until police arrived.

The grandmother was visibly shaken when she briefly spoke to media on Saturday morning.

"It happened literally in ten minutes," she said.

"It was so quick. My grandaughter was at home.

"My mum and me were sitting in our front yard."

The seven-year-old girl was playing at the front of a home on Bunya Place, Macquarie Fields, when she was approached.
The seven-year-old girl was playing at the front of a home on Bunya Place, Macquarie Fields, when she was approached.

In court, Magistrate Annette Sinclair said Irwin had been to the previously-occupied house on 14 different occasions over recent weeks because he had been in a relationship with a prior tenant.

"The facts related to this matter are both disturbing and concerning," she said.

The court heard Irwin, who was handcuffed and wore a grey hoodie and glasses, had previously been convicted for accessing child pornography.

Ms Sinclair said the concern around granting Irwin bail was heightened because of his history and that he was on the child protection register.

Legal aid solicitor Dean Fernandez applied for his client's bail and said Irwin, who had a mild intellectual disability, could stay with family in Macquarie Fields.

However, Ms Sinclair found he posed a danger to the community and refused bail.

The case was adjourned to Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday.