September 2013

Charity scam British paedophile sent to Thai prison


A BRITISH sex offender who ran a children’s “charity” from a rubbish dump in Cambodia is being forced to return to the country to serve ten years in jail for rape.

David Fletcher, 67, from Saffron Walden, Essex, is to be extradited from Thailand where he has spent the past three years on the run.

The pervert was originally sentenced in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh in 2011 after being convicted of twice raping a 17-year-old girl. Sentence was passed in his absence.

Before the sex attacks he had plotted to marry his victim by paying £100 to her poverty-stricken mum. Fletcher fled to Thailand to avoid prosecution in 2010 but was arrested.

A Thai court ordered his extradition to Cambodia a year later but he appealed the decision. But an Appeal Court judge in Bangkok has now ruled Fletcher can be returned to serve his sentence as it does not breach his human rights.

Fletcher, born in Littleport in 1946, successfully ran a series of hairdressing salons in Cambridge and Saffron Walden was convicted at Norwich Crown Court in July 1997 of the statutory rape of a 15-yr-old girl and for filming the ordeal, whom he first plied with champagne and to whom he offered £250 cash for sex. He also admitted possessing offensive weapons, two pepper sprays and two canisters of CS gas. He was jailed for just eighteen months.

But he used it to groom children for sex, according to charity Action Pour Les Enfants.