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Man faces life term for rape of girl in India

Barry McCloud
Image caption Barry McCloud plied the girl with doctored drinks to carry out the attacks

A man who videoed himself raping and sexually abusing a girl in India has been told he could face life in jail.

Barry McCloud, 53, plied the girl with doctored fizzy drinks to knock her out so that he could carry the attacks in Goa between 2005 and 2007.

McCloud, from Tudor Walk, Watford, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to 20 charges when he appeared at St Albans Crown Court.

Sentencing was adjourned for pre-sentence and psychiatric reports.

The rapes and sexual assaults, which McCloud recorded on a camcorder, took place after he had befriended the victim's family, the court heard.

McCloud is the first person from Hertfordshire to be charged with the sexual abuse of a child who lives overseas, the court heard.

He admitted rape, administering a noxious substance so he could engage in sexual activity, sexual assault of a child and taking indecent photographs of the girl.

Remanding him in custody, Judge Marie Catterson said: "I make it absolutely clear that that there can be no sentence other than a substantial period in custody for offences of this gravity.

"I will be considering whether a life sentence is the appropriate answer."

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