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'He's a pure sociopath': Cop who took down Australia's worst ever paedophile lifts the lid on the monster sex tourist who raped 13 babies and boys

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 24/05/2019 Charlie Moore For Daily Mail Australia

a person wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Tokputza groomed Australian and Thai children for sex, filmed their abuse and shared it online © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tokputza groomed Australian and Thai children for sex, filmed their abuse and shared it online Warning: This story contains details that may be distressing to some readers

A policeman who brought down Australia's worst ever paedophile has described him as a 'pure sociopath'.

Ruecha Tokputza, 31, raped 13 babies and boys over six years and shared footage of his horrific attacks online.

Last Friday, Tokputza was sentenced to 40 years and three months behind bars with a non-parole period of 28 years.

a person posing for the camera: Ruecha Tokputza (pictured), 31, appeared in the District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to 51 charges against 13 babies and boys over more than six years © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ruecha Tokputza (pictured), 31, appeared in the District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to 51 charges against 13 babies and boys over more than six years

The sentence is the longest in Australian history for a single course of child sex offending. 

Detective Brevet Sergeant Stephen Hegarty of South Australia Police has described how Tokputza was cold and emotionless during the court proceedings. 

'He's a pure sociopath as far as I'm concerned. Offenders will usually "give" something, even if it's false, but he doesn't even try,' he told the Advertiser.

'There is no emotion from him, and that has never changed in any of my dealings with him, from day one through to his last day in court.'

Tokputza's crimes were the most serious of their kind in Australian legal history, the court heard when he entered his plea last month.

Tokputza pleaded guilty to 51 charges against 13 babies and boys over more than six years.

He groomed Australian and Thai children for sex, filmed their abuse and shared it online.

Prosecutor Heath Barklay SC told the court there was 'no body of comparable cases' for Tokputza's crimes because of the multi-faceted way in which he offended.

a man wearing sunglasses posing for the camera: Prosecutor Heath Barklay SC told the court there was 'no body of comparable cases' for Tokputza's crimes because of the multi-faceted way in which he offended

Prosecutor Heath Barklay SC told the court there was 'no body of comparable cases' for Tokputza's crimes because of the multi-faceted way in which he offended
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Mr Barklay said his actions were more serious than those of notorious Families SA paedophile Shannon McCoole, who was sentenced to 35 years in jail in 2015.

He said a major difference between the pair was McCoole's remorse, which he showed through a letter of apology to his victims.

'When one contrasts the two in that way, in my submission, this matter is plainly much more serious,' Mr Barklay said.

'It's for that reason that there is a limit to the use of the McCoole matter in this case.'

McCoole also committed fewer crimes - 20 offences against seven victims over the span of more than three years.

Craig Caldicott, for Tokputza, asked Judge Liesl Chapman to hand his client a sentence that could have him released on parole after he had undergone rehabilitation.

'I would suggest that the sentence should be fashioned in such a way that it does give him some hope of eventually being released,' he said.

Tokputza was arrested following a joint investigation by Australian Federal Police, SA Police, NSW Police and Interpol.

His charges included sexual intercourse with a person under 14, aggravated assault, engaging in sexual activity with a child outside Australia and transmitting child exploitation material. 

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