Paedophile turned hide-and-seek into horror29/03/2019 - Author: admin - Comments are closed
A CONVICTED paedophile who preyed on a three-year-old girl who was playing hide-and-seek in a Newcastle department store with her sister pleaded guilty yesterday after telling police that the drug ice sexually aroused him, court documents stated.
Timothy Michael Burchell, 41, was on the child protection register.
He was also subject to a child protection prohibition order when he entered the Marketown shopping centre on March 17 and walked to the cosmetics and babywear section of a store, a statement of facts said.
The girl was playing hide-and-seek with her sister around the clothing racks while her mother looked at clothes.
The mother lost sight of her daughter for only about two minutes before the child came running up to her crying.
The girl said a man had just touched her.
The mother alerted the store’s management, who called police.
They viewed closed-circuit television footage, which showed a man walking through the store carrying a drink from McDonald’s.
Officers then viewed footage from the nearby McDonald’s restaurant and saw Burchell purchase a meal, including the drink, and then use a debit card in his name.
Police were also able to record the number plate of his car.
Detectives spoke to Burchell at his workplace on March 22 and later he requested to speak with police.
He repeatedly said he couldn’t remember what he did before eventually confessing.
He said he’d taken ice that day and that the drug increased his sexual arousal.
Burchell, of Brown Street, Newcastle, pleaded guilty yesterday to indecently assaulting the girl and was committed to the district court, where he will face a sentence hearing later this year.