Rajko Dobre, a close friend of Rajko Ignjatic and Djuro Djurdjevic appeared in Central Criminal Court,
for sentence. He was accused and had pleaded guilty to charges of importing child pornography into Australia almost a year
ago, to the day. He arrived without the support of any friends, flanked only by his legal team of Vasic and Jankov.
Magistrate Bartley sentenced Dobre to 24 months full time imprisonment with a non parole period of 16
months. He was escorted from the courtroom to his new prison home by 2 police constables without saying a word or
showing any sign of remorse for his crime.
Magistrate Bartley delivered his judgement, taking over an hour to emphasise the key circumstances of
the case which included.
- graphic details of the abhorrent material contained on the DVD's that involved sexual violence on top
of child pornography. The magistrate emphasised that the materials were so depraved and could not be tolerated by any
civilised community. Magistrate Bartley mentioned how 31 children, some as young as 8 years of age were corrupted and
exploited with sado masochistic heinous acts.
- Users of Child pornography create the market and are therefore complicit in the exploitation and corruption
of young children, not capable of defending themselves.
- Child pornography is not a victimless crime. In Dobre's case the magistrate felt that Dobre has displayed
such moral turpitude that immediate imprisonment was called for.
- It was important to send a message to the general public that would act as a general deterrent. If you
are a user of Child pornography and are detected you are likely to face imprisonment.This was Magistrate Bartley's paramount
consideration in handing down his sentence.
Magistrate Bartley did not accept Dobre's version of events. Bartley said that Dobre knew that he was
importing child pornography. He had tried to conceal the DVD covers in his wallet to avoid detection by customs.
According to Bartley the statements Dobre gave to a clinical psychologist were inconsistent with the agreed
facts. Dobre had shown little contrition or remorse and had attempted to spin a version that would minimise his guilt.
It was highly likely that the only reason that Dobre had pleaded guilty was because of the strong prosecution
case and the inevitability that he would be found guilty.
Whilst justice was served today, we are still unsure
why Djuro Djurdevic Rajko Ignjatic and Bishop Irinej and the Serbian Orthodox Church fought so hard to have this criminal