Peter Gerard Scully, better known as “Australia’s worst pedophile,” was sentenced to 129 years in prison for child abuse charges, including the rape of an 18-month-old girl.
In a report by Cyril Chavez on GMA Regional TV One Mindanao this Thursday, it was said that Scully was sentenced by the Regional Trial Court Branch 37 of Cagayan de Oro City, for the second batch of his layered case of trafficking in person, child abuse, sexual assault and others.
Lovely Margallo, Scully’s live-in partner, was also sentenced to 126 years in prison for her involvement in the partner’s crime.
Their other two colleagues, Alexander Lao and Maria Durotiya Chia, were sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of the use of traffic persons and possession of child pornography.
Scully and Margallo are currently detained at the Davao Penal Colony in Davao del Norte, while fighting the first batch of their cases of 5 counts of rape by sexual assault that the court decided in 2018.
The sentence for the second batch of their cases was accelerated after they entered into a plea-bargaining agreement.
“It was a welcome development because the minor victims, most of whom are already adults now, have been waiting to take the stand and for them to be told na tapos na, matatapos na ang kaso and they will no longer be taking the witness stand. It was a big relief for them and their families,” said DOJ-NPS Region 10 regional prosecutor Atty. Merlynn Barola-Uy.
‘Australia’s worst pedophile’ sentenced to 129 years in prison
It can be recalled that Scully and his colleagues were caught in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, in 2015 after authorities conducted a massive international manhunt operation against foreigners.
It is the group’s modus operandi to find poor families and adopt minor children with the promise of giving them a good life.
Scully is said to be the mastermind behind the torture, sexual assault, and rape of minors in Mindanao.
‘Australia’s worst pedophile’ also uploads sexual assaults on victims on the dark web to make money.
Apart from imprisonment, the court imposed a large fine and gave civil indemnity to each victim.
“We consider this a big victory. Not only in terms of prosecution but more importantly this is a big victory for our children and our victim survivors because it has given them closure on their 10 year journey for this particular case,” said Barola-Uy.