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HIV positive Australian begged Thai woman for sex with two year old granddaughter

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Howard Hawke outside Bendigo Magistrates’ Court, Victoria. PHOTO: Jason Walls

A HIV positive Australian man repeatedly called a woman in Thailand begging to have sex with her two year old granddaughter, a court has heard.

Pig farmer, 69 year old Howard John Hawke from Kangaroo Flat in Victoria, was arrested in 2017 after police intercepted phone calls of him talking about “extremely depraved sexual activity” with the child after he had spent time in Thailand.

During the phone calls, Hawke told the “impoverished” woman in Thailand to whip the toddler because he “likes to see young ones hurt”.

Hawke had also made a violent sexually explicit video of the Thai woman’s 16 year old daughter, who is also the mother of the two year old.

In the video, the County Court of Victoria heard how the 16 year could be seen screaming after being whipped, while here wrists were bound and she was wearing a dog collar, news.com.au reported.

The court also heard how Hawke had sold his pig farm for a million dollars in 2006 in order to fund his retirement. However, he blew the money on extensive trips to Southeast Asia where he became involved “in the extremely sexualised environment” of Thailand.

By the time he was arrested in 2017, Hawke was living a “boarding house” in Victoria, with only $6,500 in cash and with credit card debts of $13,000.

In his defence, Hawke said he did not plan to have sex with the toddler and that the phone calls were him acting out a “fantasy” and that he was “just a bit of pervert”.

Crown prosecutor Krista Breckweg argued his behaviour was more than just fantasy.

“He talks about extremely depraved sexual activity,” she said.

“He talks about the baby being held down by her own mother and grandmother.

“This behaviour was premeditated. He wanted to go overseas with the intention of procuring babies.”

During his arrest, Hawke was also found with 32 pornographic images and 7 videos of children.

Hawke is due to be sentenced on Thursday.

Original article HERE.

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Soi Dog congratulates the Hanoi people’s committee ban on dog and cat meat trade

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Barely 24 hours after urging citizens to stop eating dogs and cats, Hanoi’s authorities have announced that the sale of dog meat will be banned from the central districts of the city from 2021.


The director of the city’s Department of Animal Health, Nguyen Ngoc Son, told Lao Dong Newspaper on Wednesday (September 12)...


“Following a direction from the city’s People’s Committee that called on residents to ease off eating dog meat, we are building a plan to gradually phase out the slaughtering and trading of dog meat.


“By 2021 there will be no dog meat restaurants in the city centre.”


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MP numbers being shuffled around in lead up to Thai election

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Some of Thailand's key political parties are set to see a significant reduction in MPs after new regulations were issued reducing the number of constituency candidates.

For instance, Pheu Thai Party’s strongholds – the North and the Northeast – will lose 13 seats in Parliament, while the Democrat Party could lose six MPs, as the number of seats in the South and Bangkok has been reduced by three each.

Political analyst Stithorn Thananithichot said no parties were gaining an upper hand at this stage, adding that the impact of gerrymandering would only surface once the exact electoral boundaries are drawn.

"The political parties will have no choice but to make adjustments in accordance with the new boundaries."

The number of MPs from each province was published in the Royal Gazette yesterday. Since the number of constituency candidates have been reduced by 25 – from 375 in 2011 to 350 based on the new Constitution – the decrea...
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