Hinch faces jail for naming two paedophiles
HE may be facing five years in prison, but Derryn Hinch has no regrets about publicly naming two paedophiles.
The 67-year-old will be sentenced for breaching suppression orders after losing a High Court challenge against a Victorian law that allows judges to forbid the naming of child sex offenders.
But if he did receive the maximum sentence, cancer-stricken Hinch says he won’t live to serve it out.
Hinch, who has liver cancer, said he might not survive to Christmas unless he receives a transplant.
The radio broadcaster said although his legal battle was lost, the issue was not over. ‘‘ This law is bad law,’’ Hinch said. ‘‘ They say that it is in the public interest that these names be suppressed, but I don’t believe it is. I don’t believe the public thinks it is.’’ He will now face sentencing in the magistrates court for five charges after he publicly named a pair of child sex offenders in breach of Victorian County Court suppression orders. Hinch faces jail or a maximum $ 60,000 fine.
The charges arose from a speech Hinch made at a victims of crime rally on the steps of the Victorian parliament in 2008 and from articles he posted on his website.
BATTLE: Derryn Hinch will be sentenced for breaching suppression orders