Pattaya Daily News

29 January 2009 :: 08:01:45 am 9595

British Paedophile Jailed For 14 Years For Child Sex Abuse In Pattaya

Thailand‘s Supreme Court on Wednesday, 28 January 2009, ordered an elderly British man convicted eight years ago of abusing underage girls to start serving his 14-year prison sentence, a court official said.
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John Maurice Praill, 78, was arrested in Pattaya in mid-2000 on charges of sexually abusing the girls, aged 12 and 13, but has been free for most of the intervening years.

He was convicted and sentenced by a criminal court in 2001, but released pending appeal.

An appeals court in 2004 upheld the sentence, but the Briton was again freed on bail and allowed to take his case the Supreme Court, which Wednesday ruled that Praill must start serving his jail term.

The Supreme Court has upheld the sentence by the regional Court of Appeals to sentence the convict to 14 years in jail. He was sent to Chonburi provincial jail Wednesday to start serving the sentence.

Judge Charoenchai Assawapirya-a-nan confirmed a sentence imposed more than eight years ago.

He said there was no way the child victims could have lied because they gave so much detailed evidence including how Praill cut up his Viagra tablets and his use of KY jelly.

‘Paedophile – I don’t use that word,’ he said. ‘I pay to feel. The girls were paid’.

He said he was stunned at the verdict and insisted that the elder of the two victims, aged 14, wanted to marry him afterwards.

‘I expect I will die in prison if I do not get a pardon.’

He insisted before being led away in a blue prison bus: ‘I just like helping young people, sex or not, never mind, it was not the main thing’.

For the first few arrests in the 90s, he just ‘paid fines ‘at the local police station, and paid the victims.

But then he was sentenced to 14 years in December 2001 on the rape charges of two girls aged 13 and 14.

He had been able to stay free by getting bail while petitioning the Appeal Court, which confirmed his sentence, then he went the country’s Supreme Court, a total eight-year process.

Meanwhile Praill was arrested again in 2007 for the rape of two girls aged 11 and 9 and again given bail. That case has not gone to trial.

Praill’s latest arrest was on 18 March, 2008, he was arrested in Pattaya for abusing an eight-year-old boy, and that case too awaits trial.

Praill, was nickname PEE or ‘The Ghost’ because of his frightening appearance, said Sudarat Sereewat, Director of the FACE (Fight Against Child Exploitation) Foundation, and a member of Thailand’s National Child Protection Committee.

When he first arrived in Thailand Praill kept a diary, now with the FACE Foundation, which detailed his attempts to buy up schoolchildren as his ‘wives’.

He fortified himself with the sex drug Viagra and Vitamin C capsules and trawled three locations in Pattaya, the Royal Garden Centre the Siren Bar and the ‘Made in Thailand’ market, where he knew young girls hung out and found a 12-yr-old called Lek.

He wrote how he provided ‘lacquer’ for Lek and her friends , who sniffed glue in his front room, and of his desire to conquer her. But each time he tried she complained: ‘I don’t want to’ or ‘It hurts’.

‘She makes me horny. How long can I take this?’ he asked his diary.

Then on Wednesday May 6th 1992 he announced in triumph that his grooming had been successful: ‘About 10 p.m. I have the best session ever. She seems to enjoy it.’

Praill went on to marry Lek and had employed the girl’s parents as his household staff but his marriage lasted only three months.

Mrs.Sudarat Sereewat, director of the child protection group Fight Against Child Exploitation, welcomed the court’s decision.

“We are very pleased that the Thai judicial system is finally aware of the child sexual abuse and have handed down justice,” she said, according to AFP.

“This suspect should have been in jail for a long time.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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