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25 November 2008 :: 09:11:23 am 10052

“Swirl Face” Paedophile Found Guilty Gets Six Years

Monday 24 November 2008, Bangkok‘s Criminal Court said a Canadian paedophile nabbed in Thailand last year after German police "unswirled" his altered photograph on the internet has been given an additional six years in jail for sexually abusing a young boy, in the second guilty verdict handed down to the man caught after a global search.
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Christopher Paul Neil, 33, was arrested October 19 in Nakorn Ratchasima province [Korat], ending an international manhunt sparked after Interpol released his picture with a red alert, its highest search signal.

Neil was sentenced to more than three years in prison in August for abusing a 13-year-old Thai boy, and on November 14 was found guilty of three more charges of abusing the first victim’s brother, who was nine at the time.

The Criminal Court did not release the verdict until Monday, and said the judge gave the former teacher a nine-year prison sentence for abuse and illegal detention of a minor. “The suspect cooperated during the trial and his testimony was somewhat useful, therefore the court commuted his sentence by one-third on each count,” the court said in a statement, adding Neil would serve six years.

His two sentences will run consecutively, the court said.

He was also ordered to pay 50,000 baht compensation to the boy’s family. The verdict was given in an unscheduled hearing on November 14 and not reported at the time. He had confessed to molesting the older brother but has denied the charges in his second case.

Neil, originally from suburban Vancouver, was arrested after Interpol launched its first public appeal, seeking help in identifying a man seen in about 200 graphic online photographs abusing Asian boys.

The man in the pictures had created a digital swirl to hide his face but German computer experts were able to reconstruct the original images.

Neil had come to Bangkok to get a teaching job. One official at a school where he sought work described him as an introvert who was not hired because he had difficulty cooperating with school officials and other teachers

Thai police dubbed Neil, a former English teacher, “a serious threat to society,” saying he was suspected of having abused scores, possibly hundreds, of boys – some as young as 6 – as well as girls.

Canada also has laws allowing it to punish paedophiles for their crimes in third countries.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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