Sir Ron Brierley anticipated to plead not responsible to youngster abuse prices


A frail-looking Sir Ron appeared at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney, Australia, on Monday using a cane for his first court appearance, less than two months after he was arrested at Sydney International Airport.

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A frail-looking Sir Ron appeared on the Downing Centre Native Court docket in Sydney, Australia, on Monday utilizing a cane for his first courtroom look, lower than two months after he was arrested at Sydney Worldwide Airport.

Millionaire businessman and former company raider Sir Ron Brierley is predicted to plead not responsible to prices of possessing a whole lot of hundreds of kid abuse pictures and movies.

A frail-looking Sir Ron appeared on the Downing Centre Native Court docket in Sydney, Australia, on Monday utilizing a cane for his first courtroom look, lower than two months after he was arrested at Sydney Worldwide Airport.

The 82-year-old was detained by Australian Border Pressure officers making an attempt to board an early morning flight from Sydney to Fiji in December, earlier than detectives seized his carry-on luggage, laptop computer and digital storage items and allegedly found greater than 200,000 pictures and 512 movies.

He was subsequently charged with six counts of possessing youngster exploitation materials.

On Monday Sir Ron’s defence lawyer Penny Musgrave instructed the courtroom her consumer was aspiring to plead not responsible to the costs towards him, nevertheless she stated a plea was but to be formally entered.

The matter returns to courtroom on April 2, when Sir Ron has been excused from attending.

The investigation into the not too long ago retired company titan was prompted by an nameless tip to New South Wales (NSW) Police in early August final yr. His airport arrest 4 months later got here after a journey alert was issued by NSW Police.

He has since been on strict conditional bail which requires him to reside at his Level Piper mansion.

Sir Ron made his status in Australia and his native New Zealand focusing on poorly run and undervalued corporations.

He was price practically A$200 million way back to the late 1980s and was extensively thought-about one of the crucial admired and feared company raiders ever working in Australia.

Born and raised in Wellington, Sir Ron had already made his mark in New Zealand enterprise circles when he emigrated to Australia within the 1980s. By 1988 he had been knighted for his “providers to enterprise administration and the neighborhood”.

In December 2015, Sir Ron, by means of his new firm, Mercantile Funding, launched a hostile takeover of Australian delivery firm Richfield Worldwide.

Late final yr, he spearheaded a bid, by means of Mercantile, for Mark Bouris’ Yellow Brick Highway. Bouris rejected the bid as “grossly insufficient”.

He stepped down from Mercantile in June, citing “age and sick well being”.