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Phuket paedophile face more charges

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Richard Burrows, aka. 'Peter Smith', before his first appearance in Court after his arrest at Heathrow.

Richard Burrows, the 80 year old Phuket expat recently arrested on his return to the UK, is to face additional charges, reports the Phuket News.

Burrows lived in Phuket for nearly threedecades, under the name “Peter Smith”, where he worked for the travel publication “Window on Phuket” for many years. He also worked for a school. In March of this year he left Thailand, voluntarily, and flew to London, where he was promptly arrested on landing.

Only weeks before “Peter’s” friends gathered to say farewell and do a quick fund-raise to help him get back to the UK. His health had been failing and he had no money left after being scammed by a young Issan man.

Burrows had been on the run for nearly 30 years, over 20 of which were spent in Phuket. He had been wanted in the UK since December 1997, when he failed to show up for his child sex abuse trial at Chester Crown Court, in the northwest of England.

At the time, Burrows had been charged with 2 counts of buggery and 11 counts of indecent assault. The British authorities have confirmed he now faces an additional 20 child sex abuse charges as follows:

• 20 counts of indecent assault
• 1 count of buggery
• 3 counts of making indecent images of children
• 4 counts of possession of a false identity document with intent

The additional charges relate to offences committed between 1966 and 1996, involving 11 victims, in the Cheshire, West Midlands and West Mercia areas of England.

On April 2, Burrows appeared in court and was remanded in custody. All charges against him are due to be heard at Chester Court on August 2.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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