Richard Huckle, who abused up to 200 children, has been handed 22 life sentences with a minimum term of 25 years.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.
A stream of pictures and videos of his rapes and assaults on children were shared with 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 and 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 suggested the real number of victims was much higher. As he was sent down, a woman in the public gallery at the Old Bailey shouted: “1,000 deaths is too good for you.”
Judge Peter Rook QC told Huckle he had carried out a “campaign of rape” and was consumed by his own sexual gratification. He said: “You have pleaded guilty to as many as 71 sexual offences. It is very rare indeed that a judge has to sentence sexual offending by one person on such a scale as this.”