Date registered: May 2007
Vehicle: Zotye Auto 1.5T T600 2016
Location: The wild west of the Far East
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Six years was not enough for this. Is it??
Freckle-handed paedophile jailed
A paedophile caught out by the freckles on his hands has been jailed for six years.
Father-of-one Dean Hardy, 50, took photographs of young Thai girls being sexually abused during a business trip.
He was careful not to include his face in the photographs but police noticed a freckled male hand touching the young girls in some of the pictures.
The furniture salesman from Orpington, Kent, was jailed at Southwark Crown Court in central London after admitting two counts of indecent assault of a girl under the age of 13 four counts of taking indecent photographs of children during March and April 2004 and one count of possessing indecent photographs.
Judge Gregory Stone, sentencing, said: "It's plain from the evidence that you went to Thailand where you molested young girls and took photographs, indecent photographs, of these young female children.
"As many as four children were involved in these crimes. This was sex tourism of the most offensive kind."
He added: "You were plainly exploiting their and their families' poverty and vulnerability without caring what harm you were inflicting on these children, and caring only for your own depraved gratification."
The photographs were discovered when police acting on intelligence searched his home and discovered images on memory cards from two cameras and the hard drive of a computer.
Two of the 63 indecent photographs found on the memory cards showed young South-East Asian girls - between the ages of eight and ten - being abused by an adult.
A forensic anthropologist compared the freckles and blemishes on the hand in the photograph with those on Hardy's left hand and found that they were identical.
Police also found that he had travelled to Thailand at the time the pictures were taken.
They analysed the electronic information contained within the picture files to reveal the date they were created and cross-referenced that information with date stamps in Hardy's passport and his credit card records.
Earlier this week Peter Zinner, prosecuting, told the court: "There were some quite striking blemishes and freckles on the hands in the photograph. The decision was taken to compare these pictures with pictures of the hand of Mr Hardy."
He said that the technique meant that this case was "the first of its kind because Mr Hardy was subsequently identified".
Hardy will be on the sex offenders' register for life and was also banned from working with children or being in the company of a minor under the age of 16 without the permission of their guardian.
The Crown Prosecution Service also intends to apply for a foreign travel ban, in a magistrates' court, to stop Hardy committing further offences abroad.
Of the images relating to the charges, 63 were "home-made" and five had been downloaded from a commercial website.
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