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Sir Ron Brierley back before Sydney court on child sex image charges

Disgraced New Zealand businessman Sir Ron Brierley’s case on child sex image charges was back in a Sydney court this morning.

The multimillionaire New Zealander was arrested at Sydney International Airport in 2016. Source: 1 NEWS

Brierley appeared at the District Court in Sydney’s Dowling Centre via video link, however was sitting off camera, so couldn’t be seen.

The 83-year-old previously pleaded guilty to three separate charges involving child sex abuse material.

Brierley was arrested in 2019 at Sydney Airport as he was about to board a flight to Fiji.

One charge lists him as having 1615 images on a data storage device, although the exact number is being disputed.

Today’s appearance was mainly for administrative purposes, as the exact details of some charges are still being disputed.

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Brierley’s lawyer, Lisa-Claire Hutchinson, reaffirmed the guilty plea this morning.

However, she said Brierley’s legal team and the Crown prosecutor needed a formal meeting to agree on the facts of the case.

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She told the court the disputes are minimal, and it’s likely the two parties will agree.

Brierley’s case is due to be called again on May 21, with a sentencing date due sometime later this year.

Brierley rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s in the business world, and in 2019 was estimated by the NBR to have a net worth of around $220 million.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has begun moves to strip him of his knighthood and the Prime Minister’s office this week said said that process is ongoing.