FABIAN ME­HARRY

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CRIME

67 charges in­clud­ing pro­duc­ing child pornog­ra­phy, sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion of a child un­der 16 and groom­ing chil­dren us­ing a car­riage ser­vice

SEN­TENCE

12 years jail with a non­pa­role pe­riod of 10 years

AP­PEAL

22 years jail with a non­pa­role pe­riod of 18 years.

DIF­FER­ENCE +10 YEARS

Over a nine-year pe­riod, well-known BMX rider Fa­bien Me­harry abused 22 girls be­tween the ages of 11 and 17 af­ter be­friend­ing them on so­cial me­dia. The on­line preda­tor would then ask to send him sex­ual pho­tos of them­selves and black­mail into per­form­ing de­grad­ing sex­ual acts on them­selves on­line while se­cretly record­ing it.

COURT OF AP­PEAL

“There are many dis­turb­ing and some uniquely hor­ri­fy­ing fea­tures of the re­spon­dent’s of­fend­ing which el­e­vated its se­ri­ous­ness. There was a cal­lous dis­re­gard for the dig­nity and well­be­ing of his vic­tims. Gen­eral de­ter­rence was also im­por­tant be­cause the ease with which of­fences of this kind are com­mit­ted us­ing the in­ter­net made it im­per­a­tive that those who might be in­clined to act in this way should be made aware that, if de­tected, they will face very lengthy terms of im­pris­on­ment.”

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