Feared corporate robber who wants to know if he’s going to jail for child porn stock

Feared corporate raider known as ‘The Master’ worth more than $200 million gets just 14 months in prison for sickening child porn stockpile involving kids as young as two

  • Former corporate raider Ron Brierley sentenced in Sydney court
  • He was stopped at Sydney Airport in December 2019 on his way to Fiji
  • Judge Sarah Huggett Will Determine If Multimillionaire Should Go To Jail


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Disgraced multimillionaire Ron Brierley has been sentenced to 14 months in prison after being found with thousands of child abuse images.

Sydney judge Sarah Huggett sentenced the 84-year-old former corporate raider on Thursday morning after he was arrested in 2019 when he was stopped at Sydney airport on his way to Bali.

Brierley, who was once chairman of 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 pleading guilty in April.

Multimillionaire Ron Brierley (pictured out of court on Thursday) has been sentenced to 14 months in prison

Multimillionaire Ron Brierley (pictured out of court on Thursday) has been sentenced to 14 months in prison

Brierley was knighted in 1988 and is a former manager of the Sydney Cricket Ground

Brierley was knighted in 1988 and is a former manager of the Sydney Cricket Ground

Brierley was knighted in 1988 and is a former trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground. He retired in June last year after a career spanning 60 years

In August, his lawyer argued that it would not be appropriate to detain the elderly man, who has been released on bail since his arrest.

Since his arrest, Brierley had become aware of the inaccuracy and illegality of having 40,000 images of prepubescent girls dressed in sexually suggestive poses, Tim Game SC said.

Brierley, a hoarder, told a medical expert that he “missed the images” taken of him, Judge Huggett was told.

But the Crown has argued that prison was the only option for Brierley’s crimes, especially to send the necessary message to other people who commit such crimes.

He was stopped by authorities at Sydney airport in 2019 and questioned about electronic devices in his luggage

He was stopped by authorities at Sydney airport in 2019 and questioned about electronic devices in his luggage

He was stopped by authorities at Sydney airport in 2019 and questioned about electronic devices in his luggage

Brierley sold a two-story apartment (pictured) in what was once the Sebel Townhouse Hotel in Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay, on Aug. 19, for $4,215,000.

Brierley sold a two-story apartment (pictured) in what was once the Sebel Townhouse Hotel in Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay, on Aug. 19, for $4,215,000.

Brierley sold a two-story apartment (pictured) in what was once the Sebel Townhouse Hotel in Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay, on Aug. 19, for $4,215,000.

Brierley rose to prominence in the 1970s with his eponymous company Brierley Investments Ltd which started with little capital but developed into an Australian-New Zealand conglomerate investing in companies around the world.

He was stopped at Sydney Airport in December 2019 en route to Fiji and questioned about digital devices in his luggage.

He told police he found the 11,000 images of girls in sexualized poses and in various states of undress “perfectly fine.”

Searches of his home in Sydney’s exclusive Point Piper uncovered a further 35,000 child abuse images on devices in his dining room, hallway and bedroom – although prosecutors agree a ‘significant’ number of images are duplicates.

A text file called ‘The Stepfather’ describes the sexual abuse of girls aged nine and eleven.

Brierley was released on bail to live in his mansion (pictured) in Wunulla Road, Point Piper.  One of Sydney's most respected real estate experts estimated it would be worth at least $30 million

Brierley was released on bail to live in his mansion (pictured) in Wunulla Road, Point Piper.  One of Sydney's most respected real estate experts estimated it would be worth at least $30 million

Brierley was released on bail to live in his mansion (pictured) in Wunulla Road, Point Piper. One of Sydney’s most respected real estate experts estimated it would be worth at least $30 million

WHO IS RON BRIERLEY?

Ron Brierley was a feared corporate raider in the 1980s.  He is now charged with six charges of possession of child abuse material

Ron Brierley was a feared corporate raider in the 1980s.  He is now charged with six charges of possession of child abuse material

Ron Brierley was a feared corporate raider in the 1980s. He is now charged with six charges of possession of child abuse material

Born in Wellington in New Zealand, Ron Brierley became a feared corporate raider in his home country, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Brierley launched R.A. Brierley Investments in 1961.

He was known for spotting companies that were rich in assets and low on returns for investors.

Brierley would fill in to acquire such companies and restructure them to recoup strong profits.

He has been involved in relocations for supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths, department store David Jones, Adelaide Steamship Company and Air New Zealand.

Brierley Investments was the largest company in New Zealand by market capitalization in 1984, but faltered in 1987 after the stock market crash.

According to BRW’s Rich List, Brierley was worth $160 million the day before the crash. New Zealand’s 2019 NBR Rich List estimated his net worth at $200 million.

Brierley became chairman of the Guinness Peat Group in 1990 and led the well-known corporate raider Mercantile Investments from 2015.

He announced his retirement last June for health reasons.

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