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Paedophile travelled from Glasgow to Luton to meet girl

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A man who made a 370-mile journey with a cuddly toy and 48 condoms in expectation of raping an eight-year-old girl has been jailed.Robert Burns, 48, of Wyndford Road, Glasgow, travelled to Luton after exchanging explicit online messages.Luton Crown Court heard he was caught in a police operation and was arrested when he arrived at Luton Airport.He admitted arranging the commission of a child sex offence and was jailed for five and a half years.The court heard Burns exchanged graphic messages with a person he believed was the child’s mother on a child abuse website based in Russia, in which he admitted liking girls aged nine to 12.He thought a girl would be provided for him, and police said his journey to Bedfordshire included a seven-hour overnight bus journey.’Shocking and perverted’When officers arrested the former chef, they found a jewellery box, a money box, two dolls and a Valentine cracker containing dice used for a sex game alongside the condoms and cuddly toy.Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew said: “He said it was only a fantasy and said he saw no harm in being interested in children.”Judge Michael Kay described Burns’s online conversations as “shocking and perverted”.He added: “You have no insight into the effect of what you planned would have psychologically let alone physically on a child of eight.”It was A wrong, B evil and C out of step with what any reasonable person would think.”Burns will also be on the sex offenders register for life and abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order as well as a four and a half year extended license after his jail term.
Source: BBC Beds