Hinch faces jail for nam­ing two pae­dophiles

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

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.

Photo: AARON FRAN­CIS

BATTLE: Der­ryn Hinch will be sen­tenced for breach­ing sup­pres­sion or­ders

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