November 2018

Eighth member of paedophile ring in court

A 50-year-old man has been found guilty of conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13.

Matthew Law from London was found guilty today at Bristol Crown Court following a two week trial. He is the eighth person to be convicted as part of a wider investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Law initially started communicating with a prominent member of the paedophile ring (Christopher Knight), he used encrypted communication including TOR and the dark web.

One of the men had access to a seven-month old baby, and the group began to plan how they could meet in person to sexually abuse the boy.

Over a period of months, Law’s relationship with the gang grew and he became an integral member of the group making plans to meet up and abuse the baby boy.

The group believed they were under the radar of law enforcement and continued to communicate using more regular lines of communication, such as phone calls, texts and Skype messaging. This enabled officers to link them together and unravel their plans.

Law was remanded into custody to be sentenced at a later date.

The members of the paedophile ring would drive hundreds of miles for a chance to rape or abuse a child and stream attacks via the internet.

The group, who lived at addresses across England, raped and assaulted three children – a baby, a toddler and a young child – between 2013 and 2014.

Bristol Crown Court heard the men groomed families to get to children, in one case targeting a pregnant woman in order to abuse her baby after its birth.

They would stream and watch attacks live online, providing encouragement to those carrying out abuse. They also shared advice over online chat logs about how to drug young victims.

Some of the victims identified were a baby, aged between three and seven months at the time of the abuse, and two boys aged around four, but another 21 children have been the subject of safeguarding measures in relation to the investigation

Robin Hollyson, 31, from Bedfordshire, was sentenced to 24 years in prison and a further eight years on licence. He was filmed abusing the baby.

Christopher Knight, 35, from Manchester, was jailed for 18 years, with an extension of six years on licence

Matthew Stansfield, 35, from Hampshire was jailed for 14 years

Adam Toms, 33, from Somerset, received a 12-year sentence, and four years on licence

John Denham, 50, from Wiltshire – previously known as Benjamin Harrop – was jailed for eight years plus four years on licence

Matthew Lisk, 32, from East Sussex, was jailed for four years, plus an extension of three years on licence

David Harsley, 51, from East Yorkshire, was jailed for two years

In 2016, Paedo ring member Robin Hollyson hanged himself in his prison cell

The IT expert was serving 24 years for raping babies and young children and sharing videos of the sick acts online.

To view the paedophile ring in full – click this link