Hadley weighs in on pedophile sentences
MILLIONS of listeners across Australia heard radio legend Ray Hadley slam the sentence handed down to a 74-year-old Hervey Bay man convicted of downloading thousands of child pornography images.
The Chronicle contacted Mr Hadley, known for his criticism of lenient sentences, to get his opinion on the sentence given to the convicted man.
Mr Hadley read the details of the case live on air, then addressed the Chronicle's list of questions.
"Is Mr Hadley frustrated by sentences handed down to child sex offenders? The answer is, yes I am," Mr Hadley said.
"Would you like to see the sentence in this case appealed? Yes I would.
"Do you think the court system is out of touch with community expectations? Yes I do.
"What needs to be done? Legislation in Queensland, New South Wales and other jurisdictions needs to impact. We need to make sure judges, like the district court judge in the case, have no wriggle room.
"In other words when we come to pedophiles like this old flea, we need to have mandatory minimum sentences so that judges can't find any compassion."
Mr Hadley was quick to point out that possessing and sharing images was not a victimless crime, despite the fact that the man was not accused of physically molesting a child.
"These kids are victims," he said.
Mr Hadley has been an outspoken advocate of harsher sentences for violent offenders and pedophiles.