Thursday 5 June 2014

Robert Wood - Convicted Paedophile returned to UK and jailed for failure to comply with requiremnts of Sex Offenders Register
UK citizen and paedophile Robert Wood was sentenced to 63 years behind bars in 2003 (cut to 42 years) for sexually abusing eight boys in Thailand, and was recently sentenced to a further twelve months for failing to comply with reporting requirements following his inclusion on the UK sex offenders register on his deportation to the UK from Thailand.

Wood and another man abused street children aged between eight and 15 after pretending to offer them somewhere safe to live and filmed the abuse and made it available on the internet.

At his initial trial when an interpreter read out the verdict and sentence – one of the longest given to a foreigner for paedophilia – Wood, who reportedly lives in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, banged the table and shouted abuse at the judge.

After being removed from the Thai court until he calmed down, Wood was brought back to be sentenced to another two months for contempt of court. He has 30 days to appeal.

Wood was repatriated to serve his sentence in the UK and following a pardon by the King of Thailand was eventually released in March 2012, however as part of his release conditions he was then told he would be on a sex offender register - one condition of which was to notify police of travel plans.

Wood gave police his mother’s address in Princess Crescent, Dewsbury and another address in Halifax but only stayed one night at the first address and three at the second before he went missing.

Wood went on the run and over the following weeks a friend received e-mails from him indicating he was in France and Spain. He was known to have made a phone call from Germany, had spent time in the Canaries and when he travelled back to the UK following his mother’s death in January this year it was from Holland.

Wood, 35 recently of Gorikestraat, Tulburg in Holland, admitted failing to comply with a notification order and was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Neil Clark told him: “You were made subject of a sex offender notification requirement following your conviction in Thailand for sex offences. You breached that order and it was a sustained breach.

These orders are important, designed for the protection of the public and in your case for the protection of children and a breach will almost always lead to immediate imprisonment.”


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