Paedophile film maker loses court appeal

Published July 2, 2013 by JS2

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A paedophile photography student who planned his attacks on two girls and wrote his intentions in film scripts has failed in a Court of Appeal bid to overturn his life sentence.

Red Damian Saunders, 24, of Huddleston Crescent, Redhill, conned his way into the six and seven year old girls’ family homes by responding to online adverts for child minders in 2011 and 2012.

He subjected the girls to sexual abuse, filming it and editing the footage into home made pornographic movies with titles and soundtracks.

Saunders was jailed for life at the Old Bailey last November for raping one girl, as well as two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two sexual assaults and a catalogue of child porn crimes.

Complaining about the life sentence, he appealed earlier this month and on June 28 saw his case rejected by the country’s senior judge, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, at the Court of Appeal.

“In our judgment, the life sentence was correctly imposed,” said Lord Judge. “The evidence underlines that, for an indefinite period, he represents a very high risk to children. There is no getting away from the stark, profoundly disturbing facts.”

Saunders already had a conviction for sexually assaulting a five-year-old when he was only 16 and had admitted downloading sexual images of children from the age of 12, the judge said.

But he failed to disclose his history to the family of his first victim, who he found by answering an advertisement on the internet for a baby-sitter.

“To the parents and prospective employers, he appeared plausible, even charming; he seemed to interact with the child in a most natural way,” continued Lord Judge.

“This was all a front, for he had always intended to abuse the girl sexually whilst her parents were out.

“Indeed, he literally even wrote the script in advance, describing what he intended to do.”

Saunders abused the child, then moved on to another family, doing almost exactly the same thing, said the judge.

When his home was searched, police found a cache of extreme child pornography on his computer and a diary in which he described how to abduct, abuse, kill and dispose of a child.

The judge, who considered the case with Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Openshaw, rejected Saunders’ appeal and upheld the life sentence.

They also upheld the eight-year minimum term Saunders must serve before becoming eligible to apply for parole.

 

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