A BRITISH paedophile sought over the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl in Velez Malaga has been caged for 20 years in Morocco.
Robert Edward Bill, 59, has been found guilty of kidnap, attempted kidnap and attempted rape of three children by a court in the Moroccan city of Tetouan.
The Welshman, who moved to the Axarquia in August 2012, fled after being sought over an attempt to bundle the young girl into his car in Velez Malaga.
He had been renting a country cottage and working for estate agent El Pino properties in Torrox when police came looking for him.
The father-of-one had left the UK to come to Spain having spent two years in prison for similar crimes.
These included attempted abduction, the indecent assault on an eight-year-old girl and the possession of hundreds of pornographic images of children .
He was able to move despite being dubbed a ‘high risk’ individual and was meant to be reporting weekly to the police in Malaga city about his movements.
Police in the UK said they were powerless from stopping him moving, despite a Judge describing him as a ‘senior Jehovah’s Witness with a perverted fascination for young children’.
Jo Cornish, an close friend of Bill’s extended family, added that Bill was thrown out of the church in disgrace in 2010, after evidence of his guilt came to light.
She insisted that Bill was never allowed any position of responsibility in the church.
The attempted abduction in Velez Malaga came just weeks after arriving in Spain in November 2012.
Police failed to locate him in Spain, largely because he had moved to a campsite in the stunning mountain village of Chefchaouen, in the Rif mountains of Morocco.
But the former teacher and playground designer was finally arrested in June 2013 while trying to force two six-year-old girls into his car in broad daylight in Tetouan.
He had earlier tried to kidnap a six-year-old in the small mountain town, where he lived.
Bill’s son Stephen, 28, from Preston, told the Olive Press: “I think it is ridiculous that European law allows him the right to build a new life in Spain, around people who know nothing about him or his past.
“My father is a dangerous man and in north Wales everyone knows about his convictions.
“But over in Spain expats had no idea. It just shouldn’t have happened.”
Moroccan organisation Don’t touch my child claims that 26,000 children suffer some kind of sexual violence every year in the country.
Alarmingly the number is said to be increasing.
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