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'Well done justice system!' Footy star's fury after he's fined $660 for riding a bike without a helmet - just $340 less than 'proud Ped' Ben McCormack received for child porn offences

  • NRL star Darcy Lussick has blasted Australia's justice system after cycling fine
  • The 28-year-old said he was given a $660 fine for riding a bike without helmet
  • He drew a comparison to 'proud Ped' Ben McCormack, who was fined $1000 
  • McCormack, 43, avoided jail time after pleading guilty to two child porn charges

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'.

Footy star Darcy Lussick, 28, has blasted Australia's justice system after he was fined $660 for riding a bike without a helmet, while Ben McCormack was fined $1000 for two child pornography charges

Footy star Darcy Lussick, 28, has blasted Australia's justice system after he was fined $660 for riding a bike without a helmet, while Ben McCormack was fined $1000 for two child pornography charges

The hard-hitting prop from Manly Sea Eagles took to Twitter to voice his disappointment 

The hard-hitting prop from Manly Sea Eagles took to Twitter to voice his disappointment 

McCormack, 43, was sentenced to a three year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $1000 on Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography

McCormack, 43, was sentenced to a three year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $1000 on Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography

'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.

Other social media users were quick to echo Lussick's frustration, blasting Australia for having 'draconian' penalties and letting child pornography offenders off 'lightly'
Other social media users were quick to echo Lussick's frustration, blasting Australia for having 'draconian' penalties and letting child pornography offenders off 'lightly'

Other social media users were quick to echo Lussick's frustration, blasting Australia for having 'draconian' penalties and letting child pornography offenders off 'lightly'

'Well done Australia justice system': Lussick (left) took issue with McCormack's punishment
'Well done Australia justice system': Lussick (left) took issue with McCormack's punishment

'Well done Australia justice system': Lussick (left) took issue with McCormack's punishment

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'. 

Lussick has played with the Manly Sea Eagles since 2016, when he re-signed on a three-year deal

Lussick has played with the Manly Sea Eagles since 2016, when he re-signed on a three-year deal

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