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article imageBritain's most dangerous paedophile gaoled for life

By Alexander Baron     Nov 23, 2012 in Crime
If you thought Jimmy Savile was bad, you haven't heard of Red Saunders. Hopefully you will never hear of him again. Yesterday, he was handed down a life sentence at the Central Criminal Court.
If Jimmy Savile had stood trial for his alleged crimes, he might have claimed that some of the girls he was accused of abusing had come on to him. That is no excuse in law, certainly not for a man of 40 plus, but many rock stars and others have found themselves in that situation, and probably a few have given in to temptation. Girls like that are known as jailbait. Red Saunders had no such defence by any conceivable stretch of the imagination, because he raped a girl of 8 - EIGHT YEARS OLD - in a carefully staged entrapment.
First, to avoid any confusion, this Red Saunders is NOT the professional photographer Red Saunders who was taking his snaps before this monster was born.
Incredibly, although he is only 23 years old, Red Saunders formerly of Redhill, Surrey, already had a track record.
Seven years ago, Saunders was convicted of a sexual assault on a five year old girl at a gymnasium. He was given a non-custodial sentence, possibly because of his age. In spite of being banned from working with children, he sought work as a babysitter; to do so he stole his brother's identity. It remains to be seen why any mother would hire a male babysitter even in this age of political correctness, but he advertised as such on the Gumtree website, and found employment with two families. He pleaded guilty last month, and yesterday, Friday, he was told by a different judge in Court 4 of the Central Criminal Court that "You have acted out your sexual fantasies. Your conduct amounts to every parent's nightmare".
Fortunately, this statement is only half true. Saunders admitted to 24 charges, including raping an 8 year old girl, sexual assault, inciting children to engage in sexual activity, and making and possessing indecent images of children.
He was said to have taken more than 4,000 videos and photographs of young girls, but, his ultimate fantasy appears to have been to kidnap and murder young girls. He was said to have kept what was described as an "abduction diary" setting out how to abduct girls, abuse them and then kill them and dispose of their bodies.
In view of his proven depravity, this cannot be dismissed as a mere sick fantasy.
Curiously, the police do not appear to have released a photograph of Saunders. Another disturbing facet of this case is the use of the Gumtree website, far from the first time predators have sought and found their prey here. Last year, a 38 year old woman in South Africa was lured to a hotel by a Gumtree advertisement; she was drugged, gang raped, and later died.
Earlier this year, a medical student fell victim to a Gumtree advert by predator Liam Ryan; this was a bizarre case. He was given a four and a half year sentence for sexual assault.
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