Dragnet for a sex beast

3 January 1999
Sunday Mail
Police hunt switches to Scotland

One of the most evil paedophiles in Britain may be hiding out in Scotland. Raymond Hewlett, 53, is a convicted child abuser who has raped a 12-year old-girl. He was also named in a book recently as the prime suspect for the unsolved rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in England.

Police say he is a danger to ALL young girls.

The sick beast has been known to kidnap his young victims at gunpoint or knifepoint.

He is Ireland's most wanted man - but is now feared to have fled to Scotland, where he has lived previously.

The three-times-married father of eight was last seen in Enniskillen, but it is thought that he has travelled to Scotland, where he has friends. Hewlett is known to have stayed for several weeks in Forres, Morayshire in October and November last year.

At first he tried to join up with the Findhorn Foundation in Forres - a new-age community.  He managed to have his benefit sent to an address at the Foundation, but moved out when members became suspicious.

From there he checked into the Royal Hotel in Forres, where he lived for two weeks. Then he travelled to Aberdeen with his 21-year-old girlfriend and later returned to Ireland.

It was his second visit to Forres. He first stayed there in the early 1990s after being released from prison.

Now it is thought that he has returned to his old haunts in Scotland.

Grampian Police yesterday confirmed they would be checking with the Foundation, the hotel and other places to see if he had returned.

Police in Aberdeen are also on the alert.

For the last three months there have been reports from Ireland of a man answering Hewlett's description trying to lure children into his car.

Last week, every police force in Scotland and England was alerted about Hewlett. Interpol will also be contacted.

Hewlett was born in Blackpool in 1945 and has convictions for indecent assault, fraud and burglary. He has been on the run since 1991, when he fled England after having been registered as a dangerous child sex abuser.

In 1972, he raped a 12-year-old girl after luring her into his car and knocking her out with paint thinner.

In 1978, he attempted to rape a 14-year-old girl after holding a gun to her head.

And in 1988 he kidnapped another 14-year-old girl at knifepoint and indecently assaulted her. He was jailed for six years.

Hewlett was also quizzed over the murder of his neighbour, Lesley Molseed, 11, who was raped and killed in Rochdale in 1975. Another local man, Stefan Kizsko, was wrongly imprisoned for 16 years, but freed on appeal.

Last year, retired English policeman, Trevor Wilkinson, named Hewlett in a book as the murderer of Lesley.

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