R v Cardwell [2017] NZDC 10368

Published 13 September 2017

Sentencing — knowingly distributing objectionable publications — child exploitation — exporting objectionable publications — Possession of a Class drug — cannabis. On the first occasion the defendant used a factitious name and distributed to a New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs investigator a link containing 53 objectionable images and video files depicting the sexual exploitation of children. The defendant also sent links on other occasions. When the defendant was departing New Zealand on a holiday he was redirected by a Customs officer and admitted to being a regular user of chat websites where he would share links containing images of child exploitation. Aggravating features include the extent of the harm caused, premeditation and repeated nature of offending. Mitigating features include guilty plea at an early stage and remorse. The defendant was sentenced to two years and four months' imprisonment and the defendants laptop is to be destroyed. Judgment Date: 18 May 2017