Kiwi Pedophile Arrested In Southern Philippines On Child Rape Charges
27 Oct 2012
By Malu Cadelina Manar
Kidapawan - David William Wakefield, a 51 year old convicted child abuser from New Zealand's South Island port of Timaru, has been arrested and held on charges relating to the abuse of girls aged 12 and 13 years old.
Police and social welfare staff here arrested in Davao City on Thursday a 50-year old national from New Zealand accused of molesting two teenage girls who are residents of this city [Kidapawan].
Supt. Renante Cabico, chief of the Kidapawan City PNP, identified the suspect as David William Wakefield, 50, vice-manager of South African MECS Labor Hiring Company based in Mozambique in Southern Africa.
Wakefield was accused of molesting two teenage girls, aged 12 and 13, on Monday, reports said. Cabico said they used the girls as guides in locating the suspect in a hotel somewhere in Davao City. The local PNP, led by the Women and Children’s Protection Desk, had also coordinated with the Davao City PNP when they arrested the foreigner.
The suspect, according to Cabico, was about to check out from his hotel for his travel back to South Africa when they raided the place. The victims told police that two ladies identified only in their aliases as Sarah and Aiza who recruited them from the city’s public market brought them to Davao City on Monday.
The girls were promised an amount of P1,500 each, according to them. But when they arrived at the hotel and introduced them to the foreigner they were told to undress and take a bath. Of the two girls from Kidapawan City, only the 14-year old victim was told to stay but both of them were raped, they said.
Along with the two girls were eight other teenagers who came from different areas in Mindanao, Cabico said.
“What made the experiences of the girls more traumatic was that when we had them checked in a hospital in Davao City, both were positive of a sexually-transmitted disease, allegedly coming from the suspect,” said Cabico.
Records showed Wakefield visited the country three times.
“Actually, the foreigner is already on the watch list,” said Cabico.
Wakefield, citing as basis the statements of the victims, including the nude photos of the teenage girls taken from his mobile phone, is facing multiple counts of statutory rape, and violations of Human Trafficking Act and Anti-Child Abuse Act.
Wakefield has been previously convicted on child abuse charges in Queensland (2010 conviction) and the Northern Territories (2011 conviction) in Australia, and being extradited from New Zealand to Australia then being deported from Australia back to New Zealand after being released early in February this year.
He has been working in exploration projects in Libya and Angola as a senior materials man and logistics supervisor coordinating offshore exploration projects from onshore bases, and seems to be based in Mozambique in East Africa at the moment.
MALU CADELINA MANAR
Sentencing notes and judge's comments from 2007 Darwin case here (PDF)