How the New South Wales Covid 19 lockdown could reduce a pedophile’s sentence

How the New South Wales Covid 19 lockdown could reduce


‘Depraved’ paedophile says he should receive a lenient sentence because he was bashed and caught Covid behind bars

  • Bret Anthony Chesworth,55, pleaded guilty to seven charges in June
  • Charges related to the abuse of young children
  • Chesworth’s lawyer is now asking Newcastle District Court to reduce sentence
  • Claims Chesworth catching Covid and foot injury count as extra punishment   










A vile paedophile says he should receive a lenient sentence because he caught Covid behind bars and was bashed by another inmate. 

Bret Anthony Chesworth, 55, was arrested at his home on the outskirts of Newcastle, two hours north of Sydney, in November 2020 after a police probe into a global online network of child sex offenders.  

In June, he pleaded guilty to charges relating to the possession of child abuse material and using a carriage service to transmit and access child abuse material.

Bret Anthony Chesworth, 55, (pictured) was arrested November 2020 as the fifteenth person in a global network of child abusers

Bret Anthony Chesworth, 55, (pictured) was arrested November 2020 as the fifteenth person in a global network of child abusers

Chesworth also pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to prepare or plan to procure a person under 16 to engage in sexual activity. 

Prosecutors told Newcastle District Court Chesworth’s crimes were ‘particularly depraved, particularly abhorrent’.   

‘We are dealing with very young children who are seriously distressed,’ prosecutor Sarah Short told the court.  

Bret Anthony Chesworth was the fifteenth person arrested in an Australian Federal Police investigation (pictured) into a global online network of child sex abusers

Bret Anthony Chesworth was the fifteenth person arrested in an Australian Federal Police investigation (pictured) into a global online network of child sex abusers

Two charges against Chesworth were dropped, one relating to bestiality against his dog between December 2019 and November 2020. 

Chesworth is set to face sentencing at Newcastle District Court on December 10.

Defence barrister David Murray said Covid lockdowns, his contraction of the virus, and a recent assault against his client should be considered during sentencing.

Mr Murray believes the bleak conditions at Parklea Prison during Covid lockdowns give Chesworth grounds for a reduced sentence. 

Bret Anthony Chesworth will face sentencing for seven charges relating to child abuse at Newcastle District Court (pictured) December 10

Bret Anthony Chesworth will face sentencing for seven charges relating to child abuse at Newcastle District Court (pictured) December 10

He describes the prison as filthy with standard cleaning products unavailable to prisoners. 

‘There are no clean clothes, no washing is done, to clean dishes in the sink of the cell they have to use hand products, there is no disinfectant and no toilet cleaning products,’ he told the court.  

Mr Murray said Chesworth a ‘victim of assault’ and claims his client is still in a moon boot as a result of the attack and lack of medical treatment available. 



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