When Richard Huckle, the monster from Britain details of whose depraved acts against innocent little children of Malaysia is making everyone recoil in disgust, told his parents what he had done, as per BBC, they called the police and asked them to take their son away
The extent of his depravity is almost impossible to imagine seeing how, according to this report by The Guardian, the 30-year-old dreamed of marrying one of his victims and becoming a foster carer so he could abuse "a cycle of children" coming through his home
“My ambition, once married, would be for our family to be foster carers,” he wrote.
“Though I would like my own kids, only one or two, I am not a big fan of incest.
So even though it’s very risky I’d like a cycle of children to come through staying at my house, and, depending on the child’s character, would depend how far I would take things (I’d never push a child out of their comfort zone).”
Now on Friday, 3 June, at the Old Bailey in London, the British paedophile's lawyer, Philip Sapsford QC, has told the court that his client is "deeply remorseful", while arguing that Richard Huckle "deserved credit for his confession and the remorse he has shown"
Sapsford said that in the combined 70 years’ experience of the defence team they had “never ever acknowledged an admission of guilt of this magnitude”.
He said Huckle had opened himself up to the prospect of receiving 22 life sentences.
His lawyer described him as “a vulnerable young man”.
According to the lawyer, Richard claimed to have suffered from depression in his teenage years, was withdrawn and lacked confidence with women.
Sapsford read from a letter sent by the man, which the lawyer claims shows Richard's "remorse for the abuse" he carried out in Malaysia while he posed as an English teacher and photographer
The letter, contents of which were published by The Guardian, reads:
"I really understand and acknowledge the true scale of damage it caused to the Malaysian community. I had hoped to escape this mundane life of solitude in the UK yet was overwhelmed by the attention I received in Malaysia. I completely misjudged the affections I received from these children. My low self-esteem and lack of confidence with women was no excuse for me to use these children as an outlet."
Richard further wrote:
"I am open and eager to rehabilitate from this offending behaviour. In no way do I want to be treated as a martyr to child sex tourism in Malaysia. This was all my own doing as a consequence of my own immaturities."
He ended his letter, writing:
"I am deeply remorseful and regretful of what has happened and will do all I can in being proactive towards rehabilitating myself."
Meanwhile, his lawyer is arguing that he should only be given 20 years of jail or so as it would be "preferable" because of his age and the fact that the 30-year-old had "no previous criminal record"
Sapsford, the lawyer, has also claimed that by pleading guilty, the British paedophile had "spared a jury the ordeal of watching the videos he created."
He also said that "Richard was conscious of not causing long-term physical damage to his victims."At this, however, Judge Peter Rook QC pointed out the long-term psychological effect of such abuse, The Guardian reported.
On the other hand, nearly 9 years after the idea was introduced, Malaysia earlier in January this year caught up with countries like the US and South Korea among others in creating a registry for child sex offenders. Read this to understand what it means: