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Westminster paedophile scandal: The evil sex dungeon in Lambeth Town Hall basement

Published March 17, 2015 by misty534


Bulic Forsythe was allegedly killed as a part of a cover up to the abuse against women and children at

Lambeth Council

Senior council officials apparently violently raped and abused women and children in a London council basement during the 1990s, an explosive new report has revealed.

Until now allegations of a paedophile ring operating at Lambeth Council have never been made public.

According to a report, obtained exclusively by Sky News, council figures used the basement of Lambeth’s housing headquarters to carry out the horrific abuse on women, children and even animals “without fear of interruption by other staff”.

Among the allegations includes a female member of staff who described being raped “of horrendous proportions” – suffering serious injuries still one month afterwards. The broadcaster also reported she was raped alongside children and animals by senior members of the council.

Three male employees, including one in a senior position, were suspended from their jobs in the housing department in light of the findings following an internal investigation. But they were removed on grounds of breaching the authority’s ‘equal opportunities policy’. No criminal investigation was launched at the time despite the claims in the report.

But now the Metropolitan Police are investigating the abuse allegations and the 1993 murder case of Lambeth Council’s housing manager Bulic Forsythe under Operation Trinity – linking it to the Westminster paedophile ring that involves high profile politicians and MPs during the 1970s and 1980s.

It is alleged Forsythe could have been killed as part of a cover up after he was made aware of the abuse and wanted to “spill the beans” after visiting one of the council sites.

In the report, it states he told colleagues that he felt at risk and was trying to move from the housing services. It was also claimed he had clashed with a senior council official who is named in the report as the head of the ring.

The report stated: “The murder of Bulic Forsythe was seen by some witnesses as a possible outcome for anyone who strayed too far in their investigation or for those who asked too many questions.

“The panel heard evidence about Bulic Forsythe whilst he was working in social services visiting Hambrook House and speaking to a colleague and telling her that he was going to ‘spill the beans’. Three days later he was killed.”

According to Sky’s investigation, people who held senior positions at the time of the alleged incidents said “the council had elements of dysfunctionality and was plagued by corruption and fear”.

Forsythe’s daughter Kiddist told the broadcaster: “Some of the stuff that’s in here, [the report], I honestly can’t believe happened. I was very shocked.”

Met Police’s detective inspector Sean Crotty said: “This report provides the context to people who were abused in Lambeth. What we need is for people who were children at the time and who were abused to come forward.”

Lambeth Council said it was supporting the police in its investigation.

A spokesman said: “Lambeth Council is determined to do all that we can to support this renewed push to tackle the issue, and ensure that offenders who had previously escaped justice are now held to account.”

It’s the latest scandal to hit the country amid claims of other paedophile rings involving public figures, which the Home Secretary Theresa May calls are just “the tip of the iceberg”,  shockingly claiming the scale of the abuse was “woven, covertly, into the fabric” of British society.

Lambeth Council Alleged Abuse Findings:

There were two sites on Lambeth council property used to carry out sexual assaults. They were used for this purpose “on many occasions over the years”.

Two private removal firms were “frequently” on site, and were believed to have removed evidence of equipment used during sexual assaults, and washed the area down. One firm had keys to all internal lockers, including a cabinet where evidence in a criminal case was kept and later went missing.

Items handed to police following the rape of a female member of staff by a colleague on council premises included a semen-stained blanket, soiled tissues, cassettes and a penknife.

Bulic Forsythe, a manager in the housing department, told colleagues he was going to “spill the beans” after a visit to one of these sites.

He clashed with an individual who held a senior position and is named in the report as the head of the ring involved in abuse, and then moved from the housing department to social services.

While in social services Bulic told another colleague he believed the individual in housing could still ‘get to him’. After his death in 1993, colleagues reported that a report he had compiled went missing from his office.

Three male employees, including one in a senior position, were suspended from their jobs in the housing department as a result of the investigation.

Despite the findings of rape and sexual assault, and possessing indecent images of children, they were suspended on grounds of a ‘breach of the council’s equal opportunities policy’.

The report recommended a criminal investigation into the allegations of rape, child rape and images of abuse, which the Metropolitan Police confirmed never took place.

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Was Man Murdered For Exposing Paedophile Ring?

Published March 11, 2015 by misty534

Police investigating Westminster-linked child abuse are examining whether a man was murdered because he was about to expose a paedophile ring operating within a London council.

Sky News has obtained details of an internal investigation documenting sexual assaults and abuse carried out by officers within Lambeth Council in the 1990s.

The unpublished report reveals claims from those within the council that Bulic Forsythe, a manager in the housing department whose murder sparked a nationwide appeal in 1993, may have discovered council property was being used to carry out abuse.

That abuse involved senior figures in Lambeth who were using council premises for the rape of women and children, according to the report’s remarkable findings.

They used the basement of Lambeth’s housing headquarters, the report says, because “sexual assault could be performed without fear of interruption by other staff”.

A senior staff member is accused of watching material with “sadistic, bestial and paedophile themes” which “may have been home-produced by staff of people with whom they associated”.

One female staff member was subject to a rape on council premises “of horrendous proportions”, such that she was still suffering from serious injuries one month on.

She described being raped alongside children and animals by senior figures in the council.

Although the report, which was prompted by alleged breaches of the council’s equal opportunities policy, recommends a criminal investigation, its findings were never formally investigated by the police at the time.

Instead, the perpetrators within the council were dismissed from their positions. The report has never before been made public.

It also reveals that colleagues of Bulic Forsythe, whose family have long believed he was murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on events at Lambeth, also feared he had been killed as part of a cover up.

“The murder of Bulic Forsythe was seen by some witnesses as a possible outcome for anyone who strayed too far in their investigation or for those who asked too many questions,” the report says.

“The panel heard evidence about Bulic Forsythe whilst he was working in social services visiting Hambrook House and speaking to a colleague and telling her that he was going to ‘spill the beans’.

“Three days later he was killed,” the report says.

Sky News showed the report to Kiddist Forsythe, 21, the daughter of Bulic Forsythe, who was born three months after his murder.

She said: “Some of the stuff that’s in here, I honestly can’t believe happened. I was very shocked.

“It’s really clear the fear that operated in the council – it seems from the report my father felt that fear,” she went on, adding he was scared that if he moved jobs “people in power could still get to him”.

Sky News contacted a number of people who held senior positions in Lambeth at the time of the alleged incidents. All said the council had elements of dysfunctionality and was plagued by corruption and fear.

Dr Nigel Goldie, former assistant director of social services, said: “There were often rather strange things happening. Things going on behind the scenes that were never properly explained or known about.

“This was in the context of an organisation that displayed dysfunctional features.”

There has been a renewed focus on events in Lambeth in the 1980s and 1990s amid growing evidence of a series of paedophile rings operating across England involving the abuse of children in care homes, in some cases allegedly by politicians and other senior figures.

The Metropolitan Police, which has been investigating events in Lambeth at the time under Operation Trinity, said it was considering the report as part of its investigation.

Detective Inspector Sean Crotty said: “This report provides the context to people who were abused in Lambeth.

“What we need is for people who were children at the time and who were abused to come forward.”

Lambeth Council said it is supporting Operation Trinity and is working closely with specialist police investigators.

A spokesperson said: “Lambeth Council is determined to do all that we can to support this renewed push to tackle the issue, and ensure that offenders who had previously escaped justice are now held to account.”


Detectives probing alleged historic Westminster paedophile ring are appealing for witnesses

Published December 18, 2014 by misty534

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Detectives probing alleged historic Westminster paedophile ring are appealing for witnesses

Scotland Yard is investigating the alleged murders of three young boys by a VIP paedophile ring after a “credible” witness came forward to detail his abuse at the hands of Conservative politician, police said today.

The man – known only as Nick –has claimed that a Conservative MP murdered a boy during a sex attack, and a second boy was killed by a ring of abusers active in the late 1970s and 80s.

He claims that a third boy was deliberately run down in a car, which he said was a direct warning to him to keep quiet, according to an account given to investigative journalism website Exaro.

Police yesterday appealed for more witnesses to come forward. Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, the lead officer for the operation, said that Nick had been spoken to by murder detectives and specialist child abuse investigators. “They and I believe what Nick is saying to be credible and true hence why we are investigating the allegations he has made to us.

“I appeal to men who were subjected to abuse 30 years ago to come forward. We are also investigating the murder of three young boys – we are determined to find answers.”

Nick – whose real name has not been disclosed – has claimed that he was abused from the age of seven to 16 by groups of men, including at parties and at places across London and the Home Counties including military bases.

One claimed venue was at least one flat at Dolphin Square in Pimlico, central London, a residential development near Parliament that has long been popular with MPs. Police yesterday said that Nick described how a car came to collect him and he would be driven to Dolphin Square and was subjected to abuse by individuals and groups.

Dolphin Square estate in London

Dolphin Square estate in Pimlico, LondonThe detective urged people living there in the 1970s to come forward as they “will have seen or heard something that they only understand the significance of now”.

No bodies have been discovered and officers are trawling files of missing children from the period to try to establish if any of them had been murdered by a gang.

Officers confirmed that they had spoken to the family of Martin Allen, a boy who disappeared in 1979, but they said it was too early to say if his case was linked to Nick’s allegations. The force also said it was in contact with Sussex police which is carrying out a review of the case of an eight-year-old boy murdered 33 years ago.

Vishambar Mehrotra, a 69-year-old retired magistrate, recorded a male prostitute saying in a telephone call that his son Vishal may have been abducted and taken to the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south-west London, in 1981, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Mr Mehrotra took the recording to the Metropolitan Police at the time but told the newspaper that they refused to investigate an allegation implicating “judges and politicians”.

Mr Mehrotra told the newspaper: “I was contacted by a young man who seemed to be in his 20s. He told me he believed Vishal may have been taken by paedophiles in the Elm Guest House near Barnes Common.

“He said there were very highly placed people there. He talked about judges and politicians who were abusing little boys.”

Scotland Yard said that it was not clear whether the murder was linked to its current inquiries.

SNP activist ‘killed over child sex files’

Published November 30, 2014 by misty534

A FIREBRAND SNP activist who died in mysterious circumstances was to expose a paedophile ring that would have brought down the Government, it was claimed last night

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Willie McRae was said to have discovered child abuse by cabinet ministers and other leading members of the establishment on both sides of the Border. Shortly before his death he was seen photocopying a dossier of names in case something should happen to him.

The copies are understood to have been posted to a number of close associates. Despite a lengthy inquiry, the Sunday Express has been unable to establish whether any copies of the alleged dossier are still in existence.

McRae never went public with his allegations as he was found shot dead in his car off a remote road in Wester Ross on April 6, 1985.

Some maintain he was murdered by the security services over his opposition to plans to dump nuclear waste in Scotland, while others have said he was silenced by drug smugglers.
Significantly, however, his death also fits the timeline of recent claims about Westminster perverts and a massive police cover-up of child abuse and murder in the early 1980s.

His death also came just months after the late Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens handed his own infamous paedophile dossier to then Home Secretary Leon Brittan – only for it to be lost or destroyed by Home Office officials.

Fionna Borders, whose late husband James was a barrister involved in a number of child abuse cases, said she was convinced that McRae was on the verge of “shaking the establishment” to the core when he lost his life.

Mrs Borders said she learned of McRae’s dossier from former police officer turned private investigator Iain Fraser, who died only a few weeks ago.

A close friend of McRae’s who had an office in the same building on Bath Street in Glasgow, Mr Fraser was hired to spy on his “bosom buddy” in 1985 by an anonymous client.

Mrs Borders said: “Willie McRae got that information, and being the kind of man he was, he could not just sit on it. Unfortunately he spoke of the list to somebody he should not have which was his downfall.

“It is easy to sound like a conspiracy theorist – but at times conspiracy theories are proven true.

“Why not stage a car accident, his Volvo wrapped around a tree? God knows that has been done in the past. No. It was made to look like suicide – except, of course, it wasn’t.
“It was a message to leave matters well alone, and those in the know took it just as it was intended.”

Another source close to Mr Fraser said he had learned of the existence of the alleged dossier from a member of staff in Mr McRae’s office.

Some years ago, McRae was linked with another document describing a network of high-ranking Scottish paedophiles – dubbed The Untouchables – based on the deathbed confession of child abuser James Gallogley. But this dossier was dismissed as a hoax.

Earlier this month, it emerged that Police Scotland has set up a team of detectives to investigate claims of child abuse involving the late Solicitor General Sir Nicholas Fairbairn MP and other high-ranking Scottish legal figures from the same era.

Mrs Borders said she believed McRae’s dossier named powerful men from both sides of the Border, and he was “well on his way” to going public.

Before leaving Glasgow for his cottage near Kintail, Wester Ross, the 62-year-old showed a briefcase of documents to a friend, PC Donald Morrison, and told him: “I’ve got them this time.”

However, despite phoning ahead to ask for the fire to be lit, he never made it to his destination.

Instead, his body was found the next morning off the A87, with a bullet wound to his head. A gun was near the car leading to the suicide verdict.

His briefcase or the documents it contained have never been found.

Mrs Borders added: “McRae had worked so hard to expose this disgusting cancer. He knew it was dangerous which is why he made the back-up copies – not that anything has ever come of them.

“He had been due to leave Glasgow much earlier than he did, but his tyres had been slashed. That’s not something that’s widely known.

“In those days nobody wanted to be on the Highland roads at night. There was nothing open after 9pm. Yet he only headed up the road at 6.30pm knowing it would take him until late to reach his destination. The only reason is somebody made sure he would be alone on the roads.”

Calls for a public inquiry have been unsuccessful despite the fact the gun had been fired twice and was found some distance from the car.

Furthermore, although McRae was not wearing gloves, there were no fingerprints on the firearm.

Just a few months after McRae’s death, Geoffrey Dickens spoke in the House of Commons about the dangers he had faced due to his attempt to expose powerful paedophiles.
He said: “Honourable Members will understand that where big money is involved and as important names came into my possession so the threats began. First, I received threatening phone calls followed by two burglaries at my London home.

“Then, more seriously, my name appeared on a multi-killer’s hit list.”

Dickens died in 1995 and his investigation was forgotten until the Jimmy Savile scandal led to a renewed interest in historic abuse.

Meanwhile, the retired policeman who was the last person to see Willie McRae alive last night said he too believed the solicitor had uncovered evidence about a powerful paedophile ring.

click for video   the mysterious death of Willy McRae

Donald Morrison spoke to McRae in Glasgow shortly before he set off for the Highlands on the day of his death and noticed a briefcase full of documents in his maroon Volvo.

The briefcase has never been found and Mr Morrison said that for many years he believed the would-be politician had unearthed evidence about illegal nuclear waste at Dounreay.

However, he said he is now adamant the real reason for his death was that he was planning to expose a child abuse network operating at the highest level.

He said: “At the end of the day he was not done in for trying to stop the dumping of nuclear waste.

“I think he was in possession of secret information about Cyril Smith and others.

“Special Branch had removed information from police files down south to do with Smith and they just disappeared. There is a similarity here to Willie McRae’s death.

“The two people who were following him gave a statement to what was then the Northern Constabulary and those statements have gone missing too.”

Mr Morrison said he believed McRae may have first heard of the ring from his friend Lord Mountbatten, the Queen’s cousin who was killed by the IRA in 1979, or from somebody linked to him.

McRae had been Lord Mountbatten’s aide-de-camp in India, when he was a young lieutenant-commander in the Royal Indian Navy.

However he first came upon the information, Mr Morrison said McRae would have carried out his own detailed investigation before preparing to go public with it. He added that he learned through colleagues that Strathclyde Police had been made aware of documents “which could be dangerous to the Government” in McRae’s office.

In light of the recent exposes about MPs and other high profile individuals, Mr Morrison sensed the information must have concerned child sexual abuse.

He added: “It will be 30 years since Willie McRae’s death in April and there has never been an inquiry into his death.

“Willie’s brother, who was a doctor in Edinburgh, did not wish to have an inquiry at the time because their mother was still alive and they did not want the fact Willie was gay to come out.

“I now strongly believe he had in his possession a list of names that could have brought down individuals if not establishments”

Official government documents relating to McRae’s death would normally be released by the National Archives under the ‘30-year rule’ in January.

Paula Murray

Westminster paedophile ring: Cop warned brother of missing Martin Allen questions would get him ‘hurt’

Published November 24, 2014 by misty534


Kevin Allen, 51, claims he was warned he would ‘get hurt’ if he asked questions about the disappearance of his 15-year-old brother Martin, who vanished in 1979

The brother of a missing teenage boy claims he told a senior policeman that he suspected a top-level cover-up – and was warned: “Stop talking like that, you might get hurt.”

Kevin Allen’s 15-year-old younger brother Martin ­vanished in November 1979, writes Nick Dorman in the Sunday People.

And Kevin, now 51, believes case files have been lost or destroyed, scuppering new bids to solve the mystery.

He said: “I’ve no faith in the police. They failed us.

“Within a couple of months of Martin disappearing, my ­father and I said, ‘There’s something not right here.’ Police weren’t doing enough. They went through the motions.

“So it didn’t surprise me when a senior officer warned me I could get hurt. I’ve always said there was something, Establishment involvement, in Martin’s disappearance.”

Martin, son of the chauffeur to the Australian High Commissioner, vanished on his way from King’s Cross, London, to his Kensington home.

Police fear he was a­bducted by a man while on a Tube train.

His disappearance has been linked to notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes, South West London – the alleged VIP paedophile brothel currently being probed.

It is also feared that eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra, who was abducted and killed in 1981, was taken to the house.

Police refused to comment last night.

Lost kid files reopened

Detectives are trawling through files on at least 200 missing children to identify three boys allegedly killed by the Westminster paedo network.

They have asked police across the UK for files on boys who vanished without trace from 1977 to 1983.

They have limited the search to those who match the descriptions of the three victims, as given by an abuse survivor who says he saw them murdered.

But the huge number of ­missing boys who match Nick’s brief ­descriptions makes it difficult.

It also highlights just how many boys went missing – often from ­within the “care” system.

Some were never even reported as missing to the police.

The witness, known as Nick to protect his identity, also says he was sexually abused by MPs and VIPs.

Nick Dorman

Politicians’ alleged paedophile ring murder could have been covered up, says top detective

Published November 21, 2014 by misty534


Retired senior officer who worked on child murder case warns not to discount a cover-up

A senior detective who worked on an unsolved case of child murder in the 1980s says she fears there could have been a “cover-up” surrounding allegations of a Westminster paedophile ring based at the notorious Elm Guest House.

Jackie Malton, who worked as a detective with the Metropolitan Police, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper there had sometimes been “a feeling of misuse of power”.

“There is clear evidence that something was happening at that guesthouse,” she said. “If nothing has been done about it in retrospect, then Mr Mehrotra is right. Either the police disbelieved it, or they covered it up one way or another.”

“During my time in the police there was a feeling of misuse of power. There were a lot of powerful people saying, ‘Don’t you know who I am?’”

Now retired, Ms Malton worked on the investigation into the 1981 disappearance of nine-year-old boy Vishal Mehrotra as a detective sergeant. Vishal was abducted as he walked home to Putney in south London, after watching the marriage procession of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

He disappeared less than a mile away from the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes during the period it was alleged to be used as a base for child abuse by top establishment figures.

The child’s bones were found in a Sussex field six months later.

The Metropolitan Police announced last week that it was investigating the possibility that murders could have been linked to the alleged paedophile ring.

The inquiry was started after an alleged victim at the guesthouse came forward claiming to have witnessed three boys being killed, including one who was allegedly strangled by a Conservative MP during a violent sex game.

Earlier this week Vishal’s father, Vishambar Mahrotra, who is a retired magistrate, claimed he had recorded an anonymous caller saying his son might have been taken to the Elm Guest House. He says he took the recording to the police but that they had to refused to investigate the allegation. Mr Mahortra said he believed there was a “cover-up”.

Jane Tennison, Dame Helen Mirren’s character in the television programme Prime Suspect was based on Ms Malton, who retired from Scotland Yard in 1997 having achieved the rank of detective chief inspector.

The former senior officer said she had no evidence of a cover-up, but described a policing culture at the time in which police were deferential to politicians who were implicated in crimes.

“Some inquiries would come to an end when someone senior said, ‘That’s enough’,” she said. “I remember a case where there was an MP accused of cottaging and it all kind of disappeared.”

“There was also a strong sense of the power of Parliament and of politicians. It was very much a case of ‘do as you are told’.

“There was certainly a culture of disbelief among the officers, and that often didn’t help to get to the truth. But the politicians were very much in power, and the police officers’ voices could often not be heard.”

Serial child killer Robert Black fails to overturn Jennifer Cardy murder conviction

Published June 27, 2013 by misty534


Serial child killer Robert Black has failed in a bid to overturn his conviction for kidnapping and murdering a Co Antrim schoolgirl


The Court of Appeal rejected claims that the Scotsman’s criminal past was wrongly revealed to a jury who found him guilty of abducting Jennifer Cardy 32 years ago.

Arguments that his trial should have been halted due to a lack of opportunity and identification evidence against him were also dismissed.

Nine-year-old Jennifer was snatched as she cycled to a friend’s house in Ballinderry in August 1981.

Her body, suspected of being sexually abused, was discovered nearly a week later at a dam near Hillsborough, Co Antrim.

Black, a 66-year-old former delivery driver from Grangemouth inScotland, was said to have been inNorthern Ireland at the time on a work trip for a London-based poster dispatch firm.

In 2011 the paedophile was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Jennifer and ordered to serve at least 25 years in prison.

It emerged during the six-week trial at Armagh Crown Court that he had already been convicted of killing three other girls, abducting a fourth, and attempting to snatch another.

Jurors were told how he was jailed at Newcastle Upon Tyne Crown Court in 1994 for three unsolved murders from the 1980s – those of 11-year-old Susan Maxwell, from the Scottish Borders, five-year-old Caroline Hogg, fromEdinburgh, and Sarah Harper, 10, from Morley, near Leeds.

Black’s criminal history was introduced in an attempt to show striking similarities with Jennifer’s killing and prove his guilt.

His barrister argued that the trial judge erred in admitting the bad character evidence.

Black’s sexual fantasies about abducting young girls, recorded in 2005 during his interviews with detectives investigating Jennifer’s case, were played to the jury.

It was claimed these were not a reflection of what he had done to Jennifer, as the prosecution suggested.

But judges were also told Black’s fantasies led him to hunt for young victims on whom he could live them out.

Prosecutors argued that the jury had a right to know about “distasteful” material found during the investigation.

Searches of the convicted killer’s van and home uncovered tape, rags, children’s clothing, child pornography and sexual objects.

He told police that he would have worn the children’s clothing, including a swimsuit for a girl aged eight to ten, for his own sexual gratification.

It was further contended that Black deployed his signature method in dumping Jennifer’s body.

There were striking similarities between her killing and the three other young girls whose lives he took, according to the prosecution.

Black appeared by a video-link with Maghaberry Prison for the verdict.

Jennifer’s parents, Andrew and Patricia Cardy, were in court to hear Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan throw out all grounds of appeal.

The judge said the approach taken at trial was, if anything, more beneficial to the killer.

“This was clearly relevant evidence to which the jury were entitled to attribute high probative value,” he said.

Dealing with the issue of opportunity, Sir Declan detailed “a formidable case supporting the conclusion that the appellant was in Northern Ireland on the day of the abduction”.

He held that the trial judge carefully review evidence of the so-called signature method deployed by Black.

“It is, however, important to remember that the prosecution case did not depend on the scientific evidence alone as there was also evidence of alleged admissions by way of the fantasy evidence,” he added.

Sir Declan confirmed: “We do not consider that any of the grounds of appeal have been made out.

“We do not consider that the conviction is unsafe. The appeal is dismissed.”



Belfast Telegraph

Tia accused ‘looked for child porn’

Published May 10, 2013 by misty534


In a letter to his father, murder accused Stuart Hazell said he had made ‘one mistake and my whole world has collapsed’


The man on trial accused of murdering Tia Sharp searched the internet looking for pornographic pictures of young girls, a court has heard.

Searches including the terms “naked little girlies”, “illegal under-age incest pics” and “schoolgirl abuse” were found on the web browser of Stuart Hazell’s phone, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.

Prosecutors claim Hazell, 37, sexually assaulted 12-year-old Tia, the grand-daughter of his then-partner Christine Bicknell, then killed her and hid her body in the loft of the house the couple shared in south London.

Earlier, the court heard the window cleaner wrote to his father Keith Hazell from prison, insisting Tia’s death had been an accident, and he had hidden her body after he panicked. He denied any sexual motive for his actions, saying: “They’re trying to say it was sexual but I promise you it wasn’t.”

But junior prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward told the jury that a number of Googlesearches had been recovered from the web browsers on Hazell’s mobile phone. The searches included “schoolgirl nudes”, “young young girlies”, “under-age photos” and “under-age incest galleries”. There were also searches for “violent forced rape” and for “little girls in glasses”.

Ms Ledward told the court that adult and child pornography was found on a memory card hidden in the doorway of a cupboard at Hazell’s house. There were also stills and moving footage of Tia asleep, and the image of a naked girl that prosecutors claim is Tia after she died.

The jury was earlier read a letter sent by Hazell when he was in Belmarsh prison in August last year, to his father. In the letter, topped with the words “forgive me” and a sad face, Hazell said he had made “one mistake and my whole world has collapsed”.

He wrote: “What happened I will explain in time, but put it this way, it was an accident and I panicked. Stupid I know but for my stupidity I’m looking at 15 to 18 years. I regret it every second of every day and there’s nothing I can do about it. I think about taking my own life because if I don’t, someone will, that is a definite.”

The letter went on: “God I hate myself. I should have gone about this a different way, told the police everything. They’re trying to say it was sexual but I promise you it wasn’t, it was an accident and I was a prick to do what I done.”

The case, at the Old Bailey, was adjourned to Monday morning at 10.15am.


Belfast Telegraph