British paedophile wanted to become foster parent to have 'a cycle of children'

A custody picture of Richard Huckle, who admitted a string of charges of sexual crimes against children in Kuala Lumpur.
A custody picture of Richard Huckle, who admitted a string of charges of sexual crimes against children in Kuala Lumpur.PHOTO: AFP

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - British paedophile Richard Huckle wrote on a paedophile website that he wanted to become a foster parent so that he would have a continuous supply of children to abuse, it was heard in court.

Huckle confessed that he wanted to marry one of the girls he had been abusing in Malaysia and raise foster children.

"My ambition once married would be for our family to be like foster carers for children, temporarily or long term... I would like a cycle of children to come through my house," he wrote.

 
 

The 30-year-old spent nine years raping and sexually assaulting children while he was in Malaysia teaching English and doubling as a photographer since 2009.

He was caught with more than 20,000 images of horrific child sex abuse and attacks on an estimated 200 children, some of them toddlers.

He was arrested at Gatwick Airport in December 2014.

The court also heard that Huckle's parents asked police to take him away after he admitted to the crimes.

At the second day of his sentencing hearing, prosecutor Brian O'Neill QC said before being charged, Huckle was bailed under strict conditions to the home of his parents Edwin and Christina, in Ashford, Kent.

He said Huckle's father had been at the airport to meet him and investigators had conducted a search of the family address while he was in custody.

"His mother was extremely upset and extremely angry. She and his father called the police and asked them to take their son away, making it clear they didn't want him under their roof," the prosecutor said.

Huckle faces up to 22 life sentences at the Old Bailey after admitting to an unprecedented 71 charges, including rape, sexual assault, and sexual activity with a child.