Paedophile Richard Huckle who abused up to 200 Malaysians faces life sentences


One of Britain's worst paedophiles who abused up to 200 Malaysian children and posted videos of his depraved acts on the dark web is facing multiple life sentences.

Freelance photographer Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford in Kent, admitted an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years from 2006 to 2014.

He masqueraded as a devout Christian, philanthropist and English teacher to prey on poor Christian children in Kuala Lumpur over nine years.

A stream of pictures and videos of his rapes and assaults on children were shared with paedophiles worldwide through the now defunct dark web site TLZ - The Love Zone.

He even tried to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowd-funding 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 were identified in 71 charges, although Huckle's tally of abuse which he catalogued on a "Pedopoints" ledger was much higher.

Judge Peter Rook QC will sentence Huckle at the Old Bailey later.