Man admits boy kidnap and sex abuse
Friday 11 May 2012
A man has admitted kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy and the separate abduction of a young girl.
The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, entered guilty pleas to a total of five charges when he appeared by video-link at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to kidnapping, falsely imprisoning and sexually assaulting the 10-year-old boy, who was abducted while making his way to a shop in the Oldbury area of the West Midlands last November.
Entering his pleas from HMP Woodhill in Buckinghamshire, he also admitted a further count of kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence in relation to the boy's disappearance.
The man also pleaded guilty to abducting a 10-year-old girl in the West Midlands last September.
Following today's 40-minute hearing, the defendant was further remanded in custody for sentencing on a date to be fixed.
In a statement issued after the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Booth, of West Midlands Police, said: "The offender was arrested and subsequently charged following a large-scale painstaking police investigation into the kidnap of a young lad.
"The boy should only have been gone from home for a matter of minutes but his short journey to the local shop turned into something far more sinister as the defendant abducted him and took him away from safety to a nearby location.
"Thankfully the alarm was raised swiftly and the quick actions of police and the local community meant we were able to return the child to his family without him having suffered significant injury."
Mr Booth added that the incident had a massive impact on the children involved and the wider community.
"We are pleased that these young victims and their families were spared the ordeal of a prolonged court process and he has admitted his actions," he said.
"We hope all those affected can take comfort from knowing that a dangerous offender is now off the streets."
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
One spelling error costs Companies House up to £9 million after being sued for ruining business
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
- 1 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims