Phnom Penh Man To Be Deported Immigration No Sex Offender

A convicted British child abuser was today being held in custody in Bangkok and is expected to be the second Briton deported under the country’s new anti-paedophile policy.

David Fletcher

David Fletcher, 66, from Saffron Walden, Essex, was arrested at a guest house in Bangkok after fleeing Cambodia where he was running a charity for children on a rubbish dump on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

Fletcher fled Cambodia after his conviction in July 1997 for abusing  a 15-yr-old girl came to light in Phnom Penh.  Jailing him for 18 months at Norwich Crown Court Judge David Mellor had said: ‘You exploited a young girl with the lure of money and the disinhibitions of drink, then videoed what happened.’

Fletcher, a former hairdressing salon manager with salons in Saffron Walden and Cambridge had negotiated a ?150 dowry to the mother of a 17-yr-old Cambodian girl at the dump for her hand in marriage. But before fleeing he had asked for his engagement ring back.

Gary Robcoy

Earlier this month Gary Robcoy, 30, of Wapping, East London, became the first Briton to be deported from Thailand purely for his criminal background of child sexual abuse. Robcoy had been found teaching at a school in Bangkok.

A spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, Immigration Department said that Fletcher had been arrested under immigration rules.

 ‘People convicted of sexual offences of minors in their own countries cannot expect a welcome here.’