Disgraced multi-millionaire Ron Brierley has been jailed for at least seven months for possessing child abuse material.
The 84-year-old former corporate raider, who’s admitted having a life-long obsession with young girls, was arrested at Sydney airport in 2019.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child abuse material found on devices in his airport luggage and at his home in Sydney’s harbourside Point Piper.
Brierley, who once chaired one of Australia’s most valuable public companies and was knighted in New Zealand, was stripped of his knighthood and scrubbed from a building in his old school after he pleaded guilty in April.
In the NSW District Court on Thursday, Judge Sarah Huggett found a sentence of imprisonment was required, rejecting his lawyer’s submission that a community penalty would be appropriate.
She jailed him for 14 months with a non-parole period of seven months which would expire on May 13, 2022.
Brierley possessed more than 40,000 images, many being duplicate images, of clothed prepubescent girls in sexually suggestive poses, as well as two sexually explicit stories and an image of a naked girl.