French court to send British paedophile twin home

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A French court agreed on Thursday to send one of a twin pair of wanted British paedophiles, reportedly dangerous former mercenaries, home to face justice, his lawyer told AFP.

Thomas Parker, 56, has been subject to a European arrest warrant since April 14, when a British judge ruled that he had breached the terms of a previous sentence by failing to inform police of a change of address.

His twin brother Kenneth Parker has also been arrested in France, and is awaiting a ruling on whether he is to be sent home.

Thomas Parker's lawyer Edouard Martial said his client would not appeal the decision to return him, considering he would not face severe punishment for having failed to respect the terms of the British sex offenders' register.

The twins, reportedly former soldiers of fortune who fought in the break up of Yugoslavia, were put on Britain's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre's list of most-wanted child sex offenders in March.

French police caught Kenneth Parker near the western coastal resort of Bernerie-en-Retz earlier this month after he fled his home in the picturesque town of Quillan, near the border with Spain, following press reports.

Thomas was discovered to have already been in prison in nearby Agen, where he was being held pending trial on domestic violence charges.

The twins, described as "dangerous" by the CEOP, were wanted for failing to report to British authorities and to inform them of their change of address.

They were located by British expatriates living around Quillan, population 3,500, in the Aude region.

Expats recognised the twins thanks to descriptions in the British press of their heavy build and noticeable tattoos, including of a dragon, a panther, a stallion, a naked woman and a wizard.

© 2011 AFP

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