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British pedophile and kidnapper deported

Damien Midgley poses for a photo at a Siem Reap police station after his arrest last week. National Police
Damien Midgley poses for a photo at a Siem Reap police station after his arrest last week. National Police

British pedophile and kidnapper deported

A convicted British child sex offender, who was arrested by immigration police last week in Siem Reap, was deported yesterday, an immigration official said.

Damien Midgley, 39, was put on a plane to the UK at Phnom Penh International Airport at 8:15am escorted by British police officers, said Uk Hai Sela, chief investigator at the Immigration Department.

He is expected to appear at York Crown Court this morning – the same court where he was originally sentenced to six years in jail, according to a court notification.

Hai Sela said Midgley likely came to Cambodia in late 2015 after fleeing to Thailand from the UK in 2014. He was on bail to stand trial when he fled the country, said North Yorkshire Police’s Sam Beattie. He was tried in absentia, found guilty and sentenced in December 2014.

Hai Sela added that another UK national, Hannah J Murch, 38, was deported with her 10-year-old daughter last Thursday.

Murch is accused of kidnapping her daughter after fleeing to Cambodia with her in late 2014.

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