Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Strong message in jailing

Strong message in jailing

The stiffest sentence yet for a collector and distributor of child sex abuse pictures must serve as a lesson for all such offenders, Internal Affairs Deputy Secretary, Keith Manch, said today.

Computer technician, Stephen John Laing, 25, of Massey, appearing in the Waitakere District Court was jailed for five years today following his fourth conviction for possessing and distributing objectionable publications. The previous heaviest sentence is three and a half years prison, imposed on a Waikato man in October 2005 after Parliament passed new stiffer penalties in February 2005.

Judge Philip Recordon said Laing was a serious and persistent offender over a lengthy time who encouraged others to commit offences against children. The judge's starting point for sentencing was seven and a half years but he gave Laing credit for his early guilty pleas.

The Department told the court that Laing's offending was the most serious of its kind so far in New Zealand, primarily because of its recidivist and brazen nature.

"On four separate occasions over several years our censorship inspectors have caught Laing trading in pictures of children being sexually abused. Previous sentences, including attempts at rehabilitation, had clearly failed. Laing's continued offending indicated significant depravity with pictures of children as young as six weeks through to 12 years

"We were particularly concerned that Laing promoted and solicited objectionable material, seeking personalised messages on photos of young victims. By encouraging the sexual abuse of vulnerable children he was, by his involvement on line, a party to these crimes.

"The Department has a dedicated team of inspectors monitoring the internet for such offenders. We also exchange intelligence with international agencies in the worldwide fight against this despicable trade. So people like Laing must realise that they will be caught, because no matter what they do everything is traceable on the computer. "


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election