Broadcaster Derryn Hinch has escaped jail but copped a $100,000 fine.
Hinch, 69, who had been found guilty of breaching contempt of court laws over the case of murdered ABC staff member Jill Meagher, faced sentencing in the Victorian Supreme Court today.
He was charged with contempt in April 2013 after breaching a court order by releasing details of previous crimes by Meagher’s killer, Adrian Ernest Bayley.
Hinch has regretted breaching the order.
“I apologise to the court. I never dreamed I would be in this situation in my life,” Hinch said after he was found guilty last week. “I am genuinely sorry. I hope I never appear in this box again.”
This is not the first time Hinch has been in trouble with the law.
Hinch was placed under house arrest for five months in 2011 after breaching a suppression order in naming two sex offenders at a protest on the steps of Parliament House. – Tosh Baker
Macleay College ethics tutor Fiona West reflects on the implications of the Hinch verdict and fine for citizen journalists and social media junkies.
Photo of Hinch protesting on the steps of Parliament House from Andy Wagstaffe’s Flickr photostream.