A footy star has blasted Australia’s justice system after he was slapped with a similar fine to ‘proud paedophile’ Ben McCormack just for riding his bike without a helmet.
Darcy Lussick, an NRL player from Sydney, took to Twitter to voice his disappointment after the disgraced journalist avoided jail time and was given a $1,000 fine.
‘I got two fines for riding a push bike without a helmet to get lunch the other day totalling $660. Ben McCormack got fined $1000 for what he did. Well done Australian Justice System,’ the 28-year-old prop tweeted.
Other social media users were quick to echo Lussick’s frustration, blasting Australia for having ‘draconian’ penalties and letting child pornography offenders off ‘lightly’.
‘I got a $439 fine this week for stopping over the white stop line on Anzac Parade. I didn’t go through the intersection. I backed up but the Red light camera marked it. I’m thinking it’s not 43.9% as bad as Ben McCormack’s offences,’ one man wrote.
‘(Five to ten thousand dollar) fine for running onto a sporting ground and this grub got a fraction of that. Mind blowing stuff,’ agreed another.
‘One is only potentially hurting himself the other is proliferating child pornography,’ a third person pointed out.
People caught cycling without helmets can be fined $319 in Australia – a 400 per cent increase from the previous penalty enforced up until March last year.
McCormack, 43, was sentenced to a three year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $1000 on Wednesday after a court heard he was a victim of child sexual abuse and obsessively fantasised about a period in his life when he was a young boy.
The former A Current Affair reporter was charged with two counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography.
He pleaded guilty to the charges in September – the first offence relating to 20 months worth of text messages he sent to a West Australian primary school teacher fantasising about sex with children.
Using the nom de guerre ‘oz4skinboi’, McCormack sent a series of messages to Catholic educator about how he ‘loved bs (boys)’ and even described himself as a ‘proud Ped’, a statement of agreed facts said.
The offence was punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
The second charge related to a video of him masturbating and talking about ‘perving non stop… (at) the beach, shopping centres, movies. Yeah I love it’.