KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police will ask the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) for details on convicted British paedophile Richard Huckle to facilitate the identification of victims.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim told Bernama last night that for now, the discussions with NCA had been made to provide details of the case.
He said 23 children have so far been identified as victims and the police would intensify investigations into their background.
Noor Rashid said they were also trying to identify places which were patronised by Huckle during his eight-year stay in Malaysia.
“For now, we have identified one place in Jalan Kuching, Kuala Lumpur while another place is under observation,” he added.
Meanwhile, he also asked relevant authorities in all countries to share information on paedophile perpetrators to prevent a recurrence of similar incidents.
Huckle was sentenced to life imprisonment by a London court today, for abusing 23 Malaysian and Cambodian babies and children over almost a decade.
Reuters reported that Huckle, 30, was given 22 life sentences and would serve at least 23 years behind bars for his crimes against impoverished victims aged six months to 11 years.
Huckle had pleaded guilty to 71 offences and was found with over 20,000 indecent images of children on his computer and camera when he was arrested at Gatwick Airport in 2014.
The British media reported recently that Huckle, a freelance photographer might have abused up to 200 children aged between six months and 12 years, from 2006 to 2014.
A total of 91 charges had been levelled against him and the victims were mostly from poor communities in Kuala Lumpur.-- BERNAMA