KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 7 – Police are tracing the victims of convicted British paedophile Richard Huckle to provide them with psychological support. Federal Police (Bukit Aman) CID director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said police would be cooperating with the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency and the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to provide the service.
“Police will be giving assistance from the aspect of psychological support as well as assistance needed by their (victims’) families. We are appealing to all parties to trust the police to take the appropriate action in the interest of the children involved,” he said in a statement here, today.
Mohmad said the 22 life sentences on Huckle were appropriate to the crimes he had committed. He said, according to the judge who meted out the sentence, Huckle had destroyed the future of the children he abused and the unprecedented judgement was handed down for such serious crimes committed by Huckle. The British paedophile was given 22 life sentences by a court in London yesterday for sexually violating 23 children and babies in Malaysia as well as children in Cambodia for almost a decade.
Reuters reported that Huckle, 30, would be in jail for at least 23 years for the crimes he committed on children aged between six months and 12 years from poor families in Kuala Lumpur. Huckle pleaded guilty to 71 offences and police found more than 20,000 pornographic images of children in his computer and camera when he was arrested at Gatwick Airport in London in 2014. — Bernama