Ron Brierley jailed for at least 7 months over possessing child abuse material | #childabuse | #children | #kids


She said Brierley attempted to access the dark web without success, and accessed the images from publicly-available websites.

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Judge Huggett jailed Brierley for 14 months, with a non-parole period of seven months, saying she had taken into account his advanced age and medical conditions including heart problems and dementia.

Brierley was knighted in 1988 in his native New Zealand for his contribution to business management and the community, however that accolade was stripped this year after he pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing child abuse material.

His barrister Tim Game, SC, told a sentencing hearing in August that Brierley had a troubling attraction to images of children, which was a “significant affliction” over a period of time and had been described as a “disorder”.

Mr Game said his client has experienced a “radical” fall from grace which has seen the millionaire’s name removed from cricket pavilions and schools and his donations rejected.

“The downfall has been complete,” Mr Game said. “The shame, and the very public shame, is where he’s gone from being a person who was regarded with the highest respect to a person who is regarded as a social pariah.”

Mr Game said Brierley did not realise the material he possessed was illegal, and he should not be jailed because he is unlikely to commit another offence.

Judge Huggett accepted that Brierley had a low risk of re-offending, but rejected the assertion that he did not know the images were illegal.

“For decades, he had been an intelligent and high-functioning businessman,” Judge Huggett said.

She said a lesser sentence than full-time imprisonment would be “manifestly inadequate” to address the vast number of images, the fact the offending was not isolated or aberrant, and the seriousness of the material.

An Intensive Correction Order, a form of imprisonment served in the community, was not available for Brierley because it does not apply for certain offences, including those involving child abuse material.

Judge Huggett said it must not be forgotten that children are exploited and corrupted to meet the demand for child abuse material, and there is a need to protect children from those with paedophilic inclinations.

Brierley will be eligible for parole in May 2022.

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