Paedophile who admitted assaulting two young girls allowed to go on holiday before sentencing

19 October 2022, 22:30 | Updated: 19 October 2022, 22:32

Paedophile Mark Thompson has been given permission to go on holiday
Paedophile Mark Thompson has been given permission to go on holiday. Picture: Alamy

By Kit Heren

A man who admitted to sexually abusing two young girls has been allowed to jet off on holiday before sentencing.

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Matthew Thompson, 48, pleaded guilty to ten offences, including taking indecent images of a child and sexual assault - but has been given permission to fly to the Greek island of Kos for a week.

Other charges included assaulting a child under 13 by penetration on ten occasions, possession of extreme pornography depicting sexual activity with an animal and sexual activity with a child.

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Thompson has been let out on bail and will be sentenced on November 18, a few weeks after he comes home from his week-long break.

Paradise Beach at Kefalos Bay, island of Kos, Greece
Paradise Beach at Kefalos Bay, island of Kos, Greece. Picture: Alamy
Kos in Greece
Kos in Greece. Picture: Alamy

After he pleaded guilty to the offences at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday, his lawyer told the judge that he would still like to go on his pre-booked holiday.

Following the application, Judge Gibson told Thompson: "You've pleaded guilty and you will of course get proper credit for your guilty pleas in due course when you're sentenced.

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"You've been on bail and I'm not going to revoke your bail simply because you have entered honest pleas."

Thompson will have to sign on with local police as a sex offender when he comes back from his holiday.