The man known as Australia’s worst paedophile has received $500,000 in taxpayer’s money as he fought charges of raping children and human trafficking in the Philippines.
Peter Scully, 55, faced a regional trial court in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, where he was convicted of one count of human trafficking and 5 counts of rape by sexual assault. Including the rape of a one-year-old girl and the torture of multiple toddlers.
Earlier this year it was revealed that some $500,000 of Australian taxpayers’ money had been spent defending Scully since 2015.
The legal aid was funded through a government controlled support scheme for Australians abroad facing prosecution.
Known as the Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme, the support system aims to assist defendants who could be sentenced to the death penalty or jail terms of more than 20 years.
The scheme is currently under review by Attorney-General Christian Porter, who told the publication that Scully won’t be receiving anymore funding due.
‘I have made clear that taxpayer assistance should be provided only where it is reasonable, and in line with community expectations,’ Mr Porter said.
Scully allegedly filmed the incidents of sexual abuse and torture and uploaded them to exclusive, pay-per-view pornography websites – commonly known as ‘red rooms’ – for European clients.
The former Melbourne businessman – together with his co-accused partner Carme Ann Alvarez – was sentenced to life imprisonment for qualified trafficking, and received an extra 6-9 years and 11 months for rape.
This marks a conclusion to the three year trial filed against Scully by two of the eight children that he has allegedly abused.
Scully, his partner and cohorts are still under trial for the production and distribution of films portraying the rape, torture and murder of multiple Filipino children whom they allegedly lured with the promise of food or money.
Footage of Scully leaving the courtroom shows the convicted child molester smirking as he’s led away in handcuffs.