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Gang ‘Streamed Child Abuse On The Internet’

Published April 11, 2015 by misty534

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Jurors were told the men often gained access to their victims by gaining the trust of their parents and offering to babysit them.

A court in Bristol has heard how a group of paedophiles raped and abused babies and children under the age of five, streaming their crimes live on the internet.

Jurors were told the gang of men from across England often gained access to their victims by gaining the trust of their parents and offering to babysit them.

In some cases, offenders travelled hundreds of miles to an agreed point in order to snatch a short amount of time with a victim.

The court heard that video conferencing and Skype were used to arrange and view the assaults.

The men also communicated via the “dark web”, a hidden part of the internet, in an attempt to keep their crimes secret.

Prosecutor, Robert Davies warned the jury: “This prosecution will take you into a world you wish did not exist ” and “the evidence exposes the shocking interest a group of men has in sexually abusing babies, toddlers or pre-school children”.

He explained that five men have pleaded guilty to a range of offences, including rape of a child and conspiracy to rape a child during 2013 and 2014.

They are Robin Hollyson, 30, Christopher Knight, 35, Matthew Lisk, 32, Adam Toms, 33, and 51-year-old David Harsley.

The information was presented as part of the trial of Matthew Stansfield, from Hampshire, and John Denham, formally Benjamin Harrop, from Wiltshire, being heard at Bristol Crown Court.

Stansfield, 34, denies two counts of conspiracy to rape a child under the age of 13 and one count of conspiracy to sexually assault a child under 13.

He has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

Denham, 49, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to rape a child under 13 and conspiracy to sexually assault a child under 13.

He has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child and possessing indecent images of children.

The jury was told they must decide if either of the men on trial were involved in a conspiracy to commit an offence and if they intended that the abuse should be carried out.

The case at Bristol Crown Court continues.

Foreign doctor on run from child rape accusations allowed to stay in Britain by judge

Published January 21, 2015 by misty534

Fugitive Tobias Bowen, 48, fled New York after being charged with two counts of raping a child but is now free to remain here after a ruling yesterday


A foreign doctor on the run after being accused of child rape has found a safe haven in Britain.

Fugitive Tobias Bowen, 48, fled New York for four years ago after being charged with two counts of raping a child, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

The fugitive also spent time in the Netherlands before being captured by police here, and has been in prison facing extradition but could now walk free within days.

District Judge Margaret Rose said: “I have found after hearing the evidence that extradition would not be incompatible with the defendant’s Article 6 or Article 10 rights.

“However, his Article 5 right to liberty and security would be at risk if he were to go back and convicted in New York state and face indefinite imprisonment, therefore he is discharged.

“I understand this is a decision the US government wants to appeal.”

Bowen, a doctor who ran a public hospital in his native Liberia, was arrested after getting off a plane at a London airport last April and refused bail in May.

He vanished after supporters found 10,000 dollars bail money following his charge with rape and criminal sex act in March 2010 and despite several appeals remained at large.

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Court Hearing: A distric judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court ruled Bowen could stay in the UK

Prosecutor Daniel Sternberg told the court: “Bowen is undoubtedly a fugitive from justice from the legal powers of the United States.

“He was granted bail for a huge amount of 10,000 and subsequently left the country in 2010. He was given bail and released and his record is not good, he has not attended court and travelled in Liberia and the Netherlands.”

But Malcolm Hawkes, defending, spoke of Bowen’s ‘good character’ and argued he should be allowed to return to his wife and young family in Milton Keynes.

He had ‘lived openly’ in Liberia but had now surrendered his Dutch and Liberian passports, Mr Hawkes said.

He added: ‘The time has come to give my client the benefit of the doubt. It would be regrettable if the appeal against today’s decision were to take some time and he were to spend a year in jail.

‘This is likely to be a non answerable case, his proper place is with his family and the UK is his safe haven.’

Judge Rose remanded Bowen,  Milton Keynes, Bucks, in custody until US authorities could be contacted but said he could be bailed with a surety of £10,000.

Bail conditions would include no access to his passport, no international travel and a 12 hour electronic curfew plus daily reports to a police station.

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Grantham man accused of child sex offences over 10-year period

Published August 9, 2013 by misty534

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A Grantham man has appeared in court charged with eight sexual offences, including two counts of raping a boy under 13.


David Sewell, 37, is alleged to have committed the offences against three children over a 10-year period.

Sewell, of Valley Road, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court via video link from Nottingham Prison today (Friday).

Wearing glasses and a red jumper, Sewell spoke only to confirm his name during the five-minute hearing.

He will be asked to plead to the charges when he appears at Lincoln Crown Court on November 4.

He faces charges of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13, two counts of sexual assault of a boy by touching, two counts of causing a child under 13 to watch or look at images of sexual activity, two counts of raping a boy under 13 and one count of voyeurism

There was no bail application and Judge Sean Morris remanded Sewell into custody until the plea and case management hearing.

Lincolnshire Police is still appealing for information to help their investigation and has asked people to contact them.

Faversham paedophile jailed for 14 years

Published June 25, 2013 by misty534



A paedophile from Faversham who admitted raping a child and possessing child abuse images has been jailed for 14 years.

Keith Vincent Livermore, of Colegates Court, Oare, pleaded guilty to two counts of raping a girl under 13, four counts of sexual assaults of a girl under 13 and several counts of making and possessing indecent images and movies of children.

The rape and sexual assault offences were against two girls aged between three and 10 years old and took place between January 2011 and February 2013.

Supervising officer, Detective Sergeant James Evans, called it a harrowing case.

“It involved a horrendous abuse of trust,” he said.

“Livermore committed several premeditated assaults and gave no thought for the impact his actions would have on his victims, who may never come to terms with what he has done.”

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Pat Preece, added: “My thoughts are with the victims and I hope sentencing will be the first step towards recovery for them.

“Livermore was arrested in February and convicted before the courts just four months later – a quick turnaround that goes to show how hard our Public Protection Unit works to build a case in order to get maximum justice for victims.”


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Teenage paedophile Opemipo Jaji faces life sentence for raping girl aged 11

Published April 18, 2013 by misty534


A teenage paedophile is facing a life sentence today for raping an 11-year-old girl in a park as she made her way home from school.

He subjected her to a three-hour ordeal and threatened to stab her after she tried to run away.

Opemipo Jaji, 18, was found guilty of rape at the Old Bailey after the brave youngster gave evidence against him.

Jaji, of Edmonton, north London, had denied the offence despite traces of the girl’s blood being found on his clothes.

He had two previous convictions since the age of 16 involving an attack on a 12-year-old and for making indecent pictures of girls.

The schoolgirl was dragged into Jubilee Park, Enfield, north London, by Jaji in November.

He had spotted her in her school uniform as she joked and laughed with a friend on a bus. He followed her as she made her way home and attacked her in the dark park.

One of the girl’s gloves was stuffed in her mouth and the slightly built child was terrified during the attack as she was stripped.

She ran home after she was allowed to dress. Her parents were distraught when she turned up dirty and dishevelled, the court heard.

They had called police when she failed to arrive home by 5.30pm.

The child was taken to hospital and underwent an operation for an injury.

She said: “He kept saying, ‘Stop moving or I will stab you’. I tried to run away but then he grabbed me when I got to the pavement of the park entrance.

“I kept on saying ‘stop’ because it was hurting me and he kept saying ‘shut up’ to me. He was just saying it every time I spoke.

“When I was on the floor, he said he would film me and send it into my school.

“I was saying ‘Get off me, get off me, stop’.”

The girl said Jaji told her: “I am this close to killing you,” and also threatened to film her and send copies to children at her school and to “everyone you love”.

Rosina Cottage QC, prosecuting, said: “Jaji is interested in little girls and sexual acts with little girls.”

Jaji was arrested a few days later after CCTV was viewed and his bedroom was searched.

A book was found about a little girl being sexually assaulted, along with ads for child care vacancies and a picture of a girl in Australia.

There was also an article about missing April Jones, “the little girl who was taken”, said Miss Cottage.

Jaji was remanded in custody for reports, to be sentenced in June.

Police believe he was a dangerous paedophile whose offending was escalating.

In February 2011, he attacked a 12-year-old girl on a housing estate. He stuffed her school tie into her mouth, took her mobile phone and sexually assaulted her.

The attack on the naked girl was interrupted by a member of the public.

He was given a 10-month detention and training order in September 2011, serving five months in custody.

In April last year, he was fined £15 for failing to comply with the order.

A month later he was given a youth supervision order for 18 months for making indecent pictures of young girls.

Jaji was training to be a chef in November and had just left his probation officer when he got on the same bus as the schoolgirl he raped.

Sarah Maclaren of the Crown Prosecution Service said outside court: “This was a vicious and horrific attack on a young victim.”

“As a result of this conviction a dangerous sexual offender has now been brought to justice.

“I would like to thank the 11-year-old victim and her family for their enormous strength and courage in supporting this prosecution.”

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Lowe of the Met’s Sapphire command, said: “Jaji posed a great danger to young girls and despite the great weight of evidence against him, refused to accept his guilt and forced the victim to give evidence in court.

“This was a particularly brutal but unusual attack on an innocent 11-year-old schoolgirl who will no doubt continue to suffer the emotional scars of what happened to her for a very long time.

“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the bravery of the victim and her family.”

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