Australian attempted to arrange sex with Thai child, court hears

Howard Hawke outside the Bendigo Magistrates' Court in March. Picture: JASON WALLS
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An HIV-positive Victorian former pig farmer repeatedly phoned a woman in Thailand to procure sex with her two-year-old granddaughter, a court has been told.

Kangaroo Flat man Howard John Hawke, 69, faced the County Court of Victoria on Friday after he was intercepted by police in 2016 talking about “extremely depraved sexual activity” with the toddler during his next trip overseas.

Howard, who also made a violent video of the woman’s 16-year-old daughter the previous year, has pleaded guilty to some charges and will likely be sentenced to an immediate term of imprisonment by Judge Trevor Wraight on Thursday. – AAP

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