Friday 13 December 2019

Prolific paedophile gets 22 life sentences

Richard Huckle. Photo: PA
Richard Huckle. Photo: PA

Dean Gray

One of Britain’s worst paedophiles, who posted on the so-called ‘dark web’ as he abused up to 200 Malaysian children, has been handed 22 life sentences.

Freelance photographer Richard Huckle, from Ashford in Kent, admitted an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years from 2006 to 2014.

Judge Peter Rook QC ordered the 30-year-old to serve a minimum of 25 years.

A stream of pictures and videos of his rapes and assaults on children were shared with paedophiles worldwide through the now defunct dark website TLZ – or ‘The Love Zone’.

He even tried to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowdfunding the release of the images

and was compiling a paedophile’s manual at the time of his arrest by the National Crime Agency.

Twenty-three children from poor Christian communities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur were identified in 71 charges, although Huckle’s tally of abuse – which he catalogued on a ‘Pedopoints ledger’ – was much higher.

As Huckle was sent down, a woman who was in the public gallery shouted out: “A thousand deaths is too good for you.”

Officers had seized Huckle’s encrypted laptop and although he refused to hand over passwords, they managed to uncover 20,000 indecent pictures and videos.

They found Huckle’s paedophile manual called ‘Paedophiles And Poverty: Child Lover Guide’, and a ‘Pedopoints ledger’ in which he awarded himself marks

for the abuse of 191 girls and boys.

Irish Independent

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