Lawyers for retired businessman Ron Bareilly say his client did not know his picture of a nude girl was illegal.
Brearley pleaded guilty to three counts of sexually abusing children in April, and a hearing was held in Downing Center District Court in Sydney today.
Bareilly, one of New Zealand’s most successful businessmen, fell gracefully after being arrested at Sydney Airport in December 2019, when a large number of girls under the age of 11 were found illegally on his laptop and USB drives. Images recovered.
Breyerley’s lawyer, Tim Game, argued today that his client was a hoarder who did not think there was anything serious about the photos he had.
Bareilly, 84, suffered from dementia and severe coronary artery disease, and any prison sentence could jeopardize his well-being, Game said.
The court heard that the photos, which were stored on devices without password restrictions or encryption, were mostly of 11- or 12-year-old girls, and only one photo showed a naked girl.
Crown prosecutors said the insult was serious and did not excuse Bareilly’s condition.
The case has been adjourned till October 14.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Bareilly’s arrest in 2019 came after an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public, who discovered the photos.
His legal team said today that he had collected them longer than he remembered.
Brearley was a clinical corporate raider and one of the most famous New Zealanders of the 1980s and 1990s.
He was knighted in 1988 but abandoned in May when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took steps to remove him from the knighthood following his criminal plea.
Brearley became intimidated and respected in business circles because of his clever ability to find companies with decent value, after which he would take over and turn around for huge profits.
“Corporate Raid” – as it is commonly called – founded Bareilly Investments, one of New Zealand’s most successful and glamorous companies of the 1980s.
The NBR’s 2019 Rich List puts the total value of Brearley at about 20 220,220 million.
Bareilly’s arrest shocked many of his friends and supporters while confirming the suspicions of others.
In his unauthorized 1990 biography. Brearley, the man behind the corporate legend., Yoon Van Dongen writes that he often traveled to Asia – mostly to Thailand – where he enjoyed encounters with young women – often with teenage prostitutes.