“He was not – for want of a better phrase – part of a paedophile ring …
[and] it’s not suggested he took any steps to groom children of any age or was part of any chat rooms.” Mr Gunson said it would be an imposition for the court to impose a prison term on his client, who was a UK citizen and would likely be forced to return there after he was sentenced.
His lawyer Chris Gunson SC told the court the 68-year-old kept the hard drive in a cupboard for two and a half years and did not view the images.
Accessing and possessing such material was treated very seriously, the judge said, because of the terrible harm which was done to sexually abused children.
Dooley distributed some of the material via internet chat rooms to people he did not know.
“It will require Mr Brown to effectively start his life again.” But Justice Michael Brett said although there were few images, some of them were of the worst category, involving the abuse of at least one infant, and it was in part irrelevant that Brown had not gone on to view the abuse.
“I would regard possession of those matters as a significantly aggravating factor,” Justice Brett said.
“When you start afresh in the UK, you’re not the person found with child exploitation material, you’re the new man on the block,” she said.
Ms Hartnett said if Brown’s home had been broken into and the hard drive stolen, there was no protection against the images entering the broader market and leading to further exploitation. Join us on Facebook A MAN police caught with more than 13,000 child pornography images has been jailed.
“The consequences for someone who moved to Australia at 13, who’s lived almost his whole life as an Australian …
to return to the United Kingdom will be an extraordinarily disruptive punishment to himself and his family,” he said.
In the Supreme Court, in Burnie, on Thursday, Aaron Luke Dooley was sentenced to 10 months’ jail, with six months of that suspended on condition he commit no offence punishable by jail for three years.