Of­fend­ing ‘cal­cu­lated and pre­med­i­tated’

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Pae­dophile Bruce Dar­roch says he went to some ‘dark places’ while of­fend­ing.

Dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing on Fri­day, Crown prose­cu­tor Amanda Gor­don de­scribed Dar­roch’s of­fend­ing as cal­cu­lated and pre­med­i­tated.

She also re­ferred to a let­ter Dar­roch wrote to the court where he ad­mit­ted ‘‘I went to dark places’’.

But Dar­roch’s lawyer Rus­sell Fair­brother, QC, said his client had ex­pressed re­morse for his of­fend­ing and had sought men­tal health treat­ment.

He also said the send­ing of pho­to­graphs was in re­la­tion to cre­at­ing a web­site for the school.

How­ever, in his sum­ma­tion, Judge Tony Snell re­jected both the school web­site claims and the ar­gu­ment Dar­roch had shown re­morse.

‘‘I de­cline to give you credit for re­morse. You have fought this all the way, failed to give pass­words. Your re­morse is for the predica­ment you find yourself in,’’ he said.

Snell was also damn­ing when re­fer­ring to the pho­to­graphs of chil­dren at Dar­roch’s school that he had shared on­line, which were not ob­jec­tion­able in them­selves, but were ac­com­pa­nied with sto­ries Dar­roch had writ­ten.

‘‘[The sto­ries con­tained] sex­ual abuse, in­clud­ing bondage and pun­ish­ment which you would like to do given the op­por­tu­nity ... dis­turbingly, a num­ber of these im­ages were of pupils at your school,’’ he said.

‘‘The con­text of the words is at the high­est level of se­ri­ous­ness. It talks about rape and the de­ten­tion of chil­dren, ac­com­pa­nied with photos of chil­dren, real chil­dren from your school.’’

‘‘The ex­ploita­tion of the vic­tims at your school is pro­found and will be on­go­ing for as long as those im­ages are avail­able on the in­ter­net.’’

Snell was also ex­plicit in re­ject­ing Fair­brother’s re­quest for a home de­ten­tion sen­tence.

‘‘I would not have con­sid­ered home de­ten­tion for you. It would have been in­ad­e­quate for these of­fences,’’ he said.

Dar­roch faced six charges in total: pos­ses­sion of ob­jec­tion­able ma­te­rial, mak­ing an ob­jec­tion­able pub­li­ca­tion and two charges each of sup­ply­ing ob­jec­tion­able ma­te­rial and fail­ing to as­sist a po­lice search.

The fail­ure to as­sist po­lice charges stemmed from his re­fusal to pro­vide pass­words to un­lock a num­ber of en­crypted hard drives.

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