Paedophile jailed after victim recognises his wonky teeth in Whitechapel
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A paedophile who snatched a 10-year-old boy has been jailed after his victim recognised his wonky teeth in a crowd.
Bradley Manning, 26, had shoved the child into a lift in a block of flats in 2011 and demanded he perform a sex act.
But the child refused, saying it was “against his religion”, and escaped his clutches in the block in Jubilee Street, Stepney.
After nearly a year, Manning was finally caught when the boy recognised his distinctive teeth while shopping with his dad in Whitechapel Road, saying the image had been “burnt onto his mind”.
His dad chased Manning down - receiving three punches to the head in the process - and called police.
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Raiding his home in Musbury Street, Shadwell, they found more than 11,000 sick images of children as young as two being sexually abused and tortured on his computer.
Judge Louise Kamill said: “Clearly, you have come to the conclusion after all those years of looking at pornography that you are able to put your fantasies into action.”
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Manning admitted inciting a child to commit a sex act, kidnap and child porn offences at Snaresbrook Crown Court and was jailed for nine-and-a-half years on Thursday.
Defending, James Boyle accepted his client was a paedophile and put the offence down to his “unfortunate yearnings”.
The incident has left the child unable to go outside by himself, and living in fear that strangers are looking at him.
Det Sgt Ian Beattie, who investigated, said there may be other victims of Manning, and urged them to come forward anonymously.
“This was a horrendous crime that has had a terrible effect on the innocent victim and his family”, he added.
Manning will serve an additional three years on licence at the end of his sentence.