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China extradition paedophile jailed

A paedophile who was the first person extradited from China to the UK after he skipped bail on a false passport has finally been jailed for seven years and eight months.

David Price, 69, fled abroad in October 2003 after being caught with hundreds of images of himself and others sexually abusing children under the age of 13. He was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting 21 specimen counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

Price, from Southport, Merseyside, travelled to Kenya and Tanzania before Merseyside Police tracked him down in Hubai Province, central China, where he was teaching English to primary schoolchildren.

Police spent the next six years monitoring his movements as the Home Office and Crown Prosecution Service worked to secure Chinese cooperation with his arrest. The two countries do not have an extradition treaty but the handover was eventually secured through a diplomatic agreement.

Price was arrested by the Chinese last May and brought back to the UK under Merseyside Police escort in November.

Due to the extradition arrangement, the Crown Prosecution Service was not able to charge Price with specific sexual assault offences. Judge Mark Brown told Price that he would have received a "considerably longer sentence" if this were not the case.

The court was told that Price, who worked in the construction industry before he fled the country, was jailed for four years in 1990 after being convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of gross indecency against a young girl.

He returned to the police's attention in May 2003 when he was caught supplying indecent images of children over the internet to an undercover officer in Colorado, United States. Price also told the American officer, who was posing as a sex offender, he could help him travel to Dubai so that he could abuse children, the court heard.

Henry Riding, prosecuting, told the court one of the Dubai-based children was under the age of six and the others were aged six, eight and 10. Price "preyed" on the mother of the girls, who was a Pakistani national whose husband had left her, the court was told. She was said to be in "grinding poverty" and "moved from slum to slum".

Price wrote numerous letters to the woman, known to him as Helen, in which he applied pressure, saying the only way she could get by was to take money from him so that he could use her daughters for his own sexual gratification, the court heard. In one letter he told her he had "no moral considerations at all".


From Belfast Telegraph