Sick paedo who tortured and raped children found dead in his prison cell

A paedophile who molested children, fed them soap and starved them has been found dead in his jail cell.

Andrew Hadwin, 39, along with his partner Cheryl Pickles, 35, subjected children to despicable acts of cruelty and sexual violence which included locking children in cupboards and making them take boiling hot showers and baths.

Hadwin, who was awaiting sentencing at HMP Durham, was found dead on Thursday (February 2), the Ministry of Justice revealed.

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In a statement they said: "HMP Durham prisoner Andrew Hadwin died on 2 February. As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will investigate."

Last month Hadwin was found guilty of three counts of rape, seven counts of neglect, and one count of perverting the course of justice while his partner was convicted of five counts of child cruelty and one of perverting the course of justice.

The sicko couple were due to be sentenced on April 28.

Teesside Crown Court had heard how the couple starved the children so badly they walked for four miles just to scavenge food from bins.

They were also found to have forced the children to stand in stress positions while they ate takeaways in front of them.

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The abuse was such that the kids suffered painful injuries with one child left with life-limiting injuries.

The sickening crimes finally came to an end in 2018 when one of the brave children told an adult what was happening.

Detective Constable Kat Pudney from Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, said: "This was an extremely complex and distressing investigation for all involved, the likes of which I have never encountered during my time as a police officer.

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“Hadwin and Pickles subjected several vulnerable children to multiple forms of abuse, robbing them of their childhood, and undoubtedly leaving them with psychological wounds which they may never truly recover from.

“I want to highlight how incredibly brave these children have been throughout this lengthy investigation – their strength to stand up to their abusers must be commended."

It is not yet known how Hadwin died.


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