A British paedophile has been given 22 life sentences after pleading guilty to abusing up to 200 children between the ages of six months and 12 years old in Malaysia.
Richard Huckle, 30, posed as devout Christian and English teacher to win trust, then abused children in care home and orphanages in the region
Huckle was sentenced to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison by a court in London. He clasped his hands in prayer as his sentence was read out.
Malta Today reports:
The freelance photographer, from Ashford in Kent, England, admitted an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years from 2006 to 2014.
He shared a stream of pictures and videos of his rapes and assaults on children with other paedophiles worldwide on the dark web.
He even tried to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowd-funding the release of the images. He was working on a guide to help paedophiles abuse children and get away with it when he was arrested.
Twenty-three children from poor Christian communities in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur were identified in 71 charges, although a “Pedopoints ledger” Huckle compiled indicated the real number of victims was much higher.
Huckle stood in prayer as he was sentenced by Judge Peter Rook QC. As he was being led away, a woman in the public gallery at the Old Bailey shouted, “1,000 deaths is too good for you.”
Huckle first visited Malaysia on a teaching gap year when he was 19 and later used an English teaching qualification and his professed Christianity to gain access to dozens of victims in poor communities there.
Investigators managed to recover more than 20,000 indecent images of children from Huckle’s computer, even though he refused to give them any passwords.
But they were unable to access some encrypted files, which are believed to contain “numerous” depraved images, as well as the names of a large number of unknown potential victims.
As well as the draft of Huckle’s paedophile manual, they found his “Pedopoints ledger” in which he awarded himself marks for acts of depravity with children.
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