The author of the pre-sentence report noted that although
the appellant took responsibility for his conduct by acknowledging guilt, he did not appear to be remorseful or concerned for the
victims. He lacked insight into what a healthy relationship with
a child should entail.
 Two victim impact statements were before the sentencing
judge. One was from the children’s grandmother, with whom
S was placed after the appellant’s arrest and following the removal
of the children from the family home. The other was from the
victims’ mother. Both statements spoke of the consequences of
the abuse, not only on the victims, but on their parent, grandparents and siblings.
 The sentencing judge observed:
[The statements] speak in a poignant and [heart-rending] fashion to the emotional trauma suffered by these child victims with its ongoing and lasting
effects, as well as the physical, emotional and life-altering impact the
accused’s conduct has wrought upon some of the members of the victims’
 The victim impact statements indicated that the older child,
S, had required therapy to address behavioural and emotional
issues and required constant supervision to control inappropriate
behaviour towards other children, including her younger siblings.
She had become isolated and alienated. According to her mother,
she had developed an eating disorder and showed signs of self-mutilation. Her mother was concerned that the two younger girls
might develop similar behaviours as a result of the abuse.
Submissions at sentencing
 The Crown sought a sentence of between 15 and 18 years.
Crown counsel emphasized the nature of the sexual abuse itself,
the massive breach of trust and the impact on the victims and their
family life. He pointed out that quite apart from the production
and distribution of the child pornography, the sexual abuse of
defenceless young children on its own would attract a very
significant penitentiary sentence. The Crown described the images
as “clearly sadistic and extreme child sexual abuse”, with the
appellant’s own words demonstrating his desire for recognition
and status in the world of child pornography producers. Once distributed on the Internet, the Crown pointed out, the pornography
could never be recalled. The images will continue to be seen by
people around the world.
 The defence acknowledged the gravity of the offences, the
vulnerability of the victims and the long-term impact of the images