A titan’s fall from grace
Disgraced businessman Ron Brierley has been sentenced to 14 months in prison over the possession of child abuse material. He was arrested in 2019 after authorities found in possession of 46,000 images of girls aged between 4-15yo on computers and memory sticks. He told police he believed it was legal, but he later pleaded guilty. A Kiwi, 84yo Brierley was a notable investor and ‘corporate raider’, but he has been stripped of the knighthood he received from New Zealand in 1988 for his business acumen. In her sentencing yesterday, Judge Sarah Huggett said Brierley had a “lifelong obsession and sexual attraction to pre-pubescent girls,” she said. The judge noted his deteriorating health but said the “vast” number of images warranted a jail term. Brierley can apply for parole in 7 months, and an appeal is expected.
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