It's easy to criticise the judiciary. But when a Judge gets a sentence exactly right as Justice Edwin Wylie did in the High Court in Napier yesterday, it's worthy of comment; Stuff reports:
Paedophile Aaron Ellmers has been jailed for at least 20 years.
The 41-year-old Hastings truck driver was sentenced to preventive detention with a minimum non-parole period of 20 years in the Napier High Court today for 60 offences against children.
Justice Wylie said a finite sentence would not do enough to protect society from Ellmers.
Ellmers pleaded guilty to all charges in February.
The offending was described by the Crown as among the worst of its kind.
He sat motionless with head bowed to avoid photographers throughout the lengthy sentencing in which Justice Edwin Wylie recounted the list of his "utterly depraved" offending on young children.
Ellmers used a camera to record his offending and emailed it to others. Many charges relate to objectionable material involving children as young as six months.
One of the offences involved Ellmers offering $500 to another man for "sexual gratification" with his 18-month-old son.
Ellmers was arrested in Christchurch before he could offend against the toddler.
We have no sympathy whatsoever for Ellmers. People who abuse children in this manner are beneath contempt.
Making things worse is the fact that Ellmers had form for child sex abuse:
Ellmers was caught in a police operation that began in July last year, but the method by which Ellmers was caught was suppressed.
He had lived in Australia for nine years from 1999. In 2008 he was deported to New Zealand after serving a prison sentence for abusing an 8-year-old boy he had groomed after befriending his parents.
Aaron Ellmers is where he belongs this morning, and where he will be for at least 20 years. We commend Justice Wylie for imposing a sentence which not only expresses the community's outrage at such offending, but protects its most vulnerable citizens; our children.