A man branded one of Britain's worst paedophiles has been described as a "monster and nothing less" by specialist abuse lawyer Liz Dux.
Richard Huckle, from Ashford in Kent, appeared in court today (Wednesday) to begin his sentencing hearing, after pleading guilty to 71 child sex offences.
The court had heard that the practising Christian started abusing children during a gap year in Malaysia in 2006, and returned to south-east Asia to study and work as a teacher.
Dux, who specialises in physical and sexual abuse claims for law firm Slater & Gordon, told Yasmeen Khan: "You think you get immune to hearing horror stories, but this made me stand aghast.
"UK citizens who go abroad to commit their offences can be prosecuted in the UK court, and that is absolutely vital.
"What's good to see here is the authorities all linked together to ensure that this absolute monster, and he's nothing less than that, was prosecuted and convicted.
"I would hope he would be sentenced extremely severely and that he never sees the light of day and is able to put children at risk again."
Some of the evidence used against Huckle was found following painstaking detective work on the so-called 'dark web', where he bragged and published photographs of his exploits, as well as producing a self-written ‘handbook’ to abusing children.
Dux said that victims should not be concerned about coming forward to expose predators like Huckle.
"No one should be put off coming forward just because they fear there isn't any type of medical or evidential corroboration," she said.