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New Zealand businessmen Ron Brierley arrives at the Local Downing Centre Court in Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, to be sentenced for possessing child sex abuse images. Brierley, one of New Zealand’s most well-known businessmen, was sentenced to 14 months in prison for possessing child sex abuse images. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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New Zealand businessman jailed in Sydney for child abuse images

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One of New Zealand’s best-known businessmen Ron Brierley was sentenced in a Sydney court on Thursday to 14 months in prison for possessing thousands of child sex abuse images.

The 84-year-old former corporate raider had pleaded guilty to the charges in New South Wales state District Court in April, but was released on bail until his sentencing.

Brierley, who has admitted having a lifelong obsession with young girls, was arrested at Sydney International Airport in 2019.

The convictions related to 40,000 images found on devices in his airport luggage and at his home in Sydney.

His lawyers had argued against a prison sentence and said a community penalty would be appropriate.

But Judge Sarah Huggett ruled that anything short of imprisonment would be “manifestly inadequate.” She accepted his expression of remorse and that he acknowledged the harm of his actions, but rejected the contention that he didn't know the images were illegal.

Huggett sentenced him to 14 months in prison with a non-parole period of seven months. He faced a potential maximum of 10 years.

The judge noted the vast number of images, the many victims involved, the long-term possession of the material and his motivation being the sexual interest in girls.

“The offender’s fall from grace has been radical,” she said, noting he had previously contributed to charitable and other community works.

Brierley in the 1970s and ’80s executed a series of aggressive business maneuvers that grew Brierley Investments Ltd. into one of New Zealand’s largest corporations. His profile had faded somewhat following the 1987 stock market crash, but he continued to make business deals in New Zealand and in his new home of Australia.

Business publication NBR lists Brierley as among New Zealand’s 100 wealthiest people, with an estimated fortune of 220 million New Zealand dollars ($153 million).

Following his guilty plea, he was stripped of a knighthood and his name was scrubbed from a theater and sports field at the New Zealand high school he had attended, Wellington College.

Denise Ritchie, a long-time campaigner against sexual violence directed at women and children, welcomed Brierley’s prison sentence.

“Offenders like Brierley fuel an abhorrent trade that requires children to be sexually degraded, exploited and violated in front of cameras. His countless girl victims will carry a psychological burden for the rest of their lives," Ritchie said in a statement.

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His lawyers had argued against a prison sentence and said a community penalty would be appropriate.

Yeah. No.

Shame he escaped punishment until his twilight years.

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sentenced to 14 months in prison for possessing child sex abuse images. 

Wow, he is lucky he was not arrested in the US. There it would be a life sentence.

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Wow, he is lucky he was not arrested in the US. There it would be a life sentence.

Dont know about life. He hasnt killed anyone. But he should have got the 10 years.

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14 months in prison

That's it?

Should've been 14 years.

Per picture.

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Businesswise this guy was the Warren Buffett of NZ. wonder how many knew of his dirty secret over the years? and enabled him, or did he keep it a well-kept secret from everyone? Feels odd not calling him "Sir Ron" anymore, some New Zealanders might not even know his family name, now he will forever be "Dirty old Ron". Perhaps he should donate most of his accumulated fortune to charity to try and make up for his abhorrent behaviour - Amnesty International would be a good start.

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Good.

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What is it that twists the minds of so many whose guiding principles are based on accumulating ever more wealth?

New research shows that upper-class people have less empathy than lower-class people

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psyched/201304/the-rich-are-differently-moral

It seems many individuals who idolize a person because they are rich, are compassion-free, They may give their money to their rich idol, but ignore and have disdain for those in need.

Fortunately some of the wealthiest, like Howard Hughes, JD Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie and Bill Gates have contributed huge sums to charitable organizations, perhaps primarily because they can get tax write-offs while also buying good PR by doing so.

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Perv

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as_the_crow_fliesToday  01:43 pm JST

Random crime news story in Australia, committed in New Zealand, and this is reported on Japan Today because ...?

Because Japan Today has a news section named "World" where it publishes world, i.e. outside Japan, news. You may not have noticed that.

He may have committed similar crimes in NZ but in this case the crimes were committed in Australia; something else you may not have noticed:

The convictions related to 40,000 images found on devices in his airport luggage and at his home in Sydney.

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Lots of rich old guys like this. Back when he was in his 20s and 30s, pedophilia was largely winked at, hard as that is to believe today. Those were his formative years. It wasn't until the 1980s that people started to take it even a little seriously. He was already in his 40s by that time.

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There are plenty of wealthy people like Brierley who have some disturbing interests. Only have to look at the Epstein affair for a glimpse, and his alleged black book.

So when you think of all the rotten things like lockdowns, vaccine passports and police brutality going on right now, implemented by senior politicians like Boris Johnson, Macron, Daniel Andrews and the like, makes one wonder how many of them have skeletons in the closet that are being used as blackmail material to get them to do turn their states and countries into open prisons.

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I heard this kind of thing is a big problem in New Zealand. So this is proof of that.

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There are plenty of wealthy people like Brierley who have some disturbing interests. Only have to look at the Epstein affair for a glimpse, and his alleged black book.

So when you think of all the rotten things like lockdowns, vaccine passports and police brutality going on right now, implemented by senior politicians like Boris Johnson, Macron, Daniel Andrews and the like, makes one wonder how many of them have skeletons in the closet that are being used as blackmail material to get them to do turn their states and countries into open prisons.

The frazzledrip thing didn’t pan out so now the big conspiracy is lockdowns are due to blackmail over child pornography?

I see. It ‘makes one wonder’ does it? Alright then.

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Apart from how disgusting this crime is, what a way to ruin any image or legacy you might've left behind right at the end of your life.

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Australia is famous for Peter Scully.

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The frazzledrip thing didn’t pan out so now the big conspiracy is lockdowns are due to blackmail over child pornography?

There are loads of people nervous about dirt Epstein had on them. And Ghislaine Maxwell is still around. You only have to watch a recent PBS interview with Bill Gates when asked about Epstein. Looks very nervous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNAwUxZ5nfw

And Prince Andrew had to rely on his royal connections to keep him out of jail. Reputation is shot to help, though.

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There are loads of people nervous about dirt Epstein had on them. And Ghislaine Maxwell is still around. You only have to watch a recent PBS interview with Bill Gates when asked about Epstein. Looks very nervous.

PBS, is that msm or not? It’s getting so hard to follow who is in on the conspiracies, who is covering it up and who is blowing the lid off the whole thing.

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@Japan Violet

I heard this kind of thing is a big problem in New Zealand. So this is proof of that.

What complete and utter nonsense - this man’s disgusting acts are not proof of anything with regards to NZ in general.

Where exactly did you hear “that this kind of thin is a big problem in New Zealand”?

What I am pleased to see is that the authorities in Australia took it very seriously and prosecuted him. I am also glad the institutions he sponsored in NZ took it very seriously and dumped any association to him.

There are many other countries where a man as rich as he is could make it all go away rather too easily.

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You only have to watch a recent PBS interview with Bill Gates when asked about Epstein. Looks very nervous.

I imagine anyone is nervous being asked questions about Epstein. Bill Gates squirming is your exhibit A?

’Only have to watch it’ does not provide adequate evidence towards a supposed global blackmail plot over sex trafficking and child abuse in order to enforce lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

You see that don’t you? Don’t you? I suspect that you do.

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Does it matter? If someone from the msm asks the right questions and reports facts, then I don't have a problem with that. Your obsession with trying to trip up anyone you claim to be a conspiracy theory is getting more laughable by the minute.

I’m not trying to trip up anyone. You make it sound like a game of wits. It isn’t. It’s pointing out blatant mistruth, hypocrisy and idiocy.

Thank you for your contributions.

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There are many other countries where a man as rich as he is could make it all go away rather too easily.

Agreed. In fact, it's so common I have to wonder why he wasn't able to make it go away.

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Well he is 84, and seems he did make it go away for a long while. Times are changing I think. Perverts beware.

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And just the other day Sir Ron was urging his fellow NZers to be good citizens and get the vaxx.

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There are many other countries where a man as rich as he is could make it all go away rather too easily.

But he did make it all go away rather too easily, for many many years.

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Japan Violet

I heard this kind of thing is a big problem in New Zealand. So this is proof of that.

Evidence of one is proof of being a big problem. So how do you define big?

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