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'Swirl' suspect trial adjourned
Image of the suspected paedophile police say is Christopher Neil
Police say this unscrambled image is of Canadian Christopher Neil
A suspected paedophile known as Mr Swirl because of the way he allegedly disguised his face in photographs has appeared in court in Thailand.

Canadian Christopher Neil, 32, denies charges of abusing a nine-year-old boy.

He was arrested in Thailand after a global appeal by Interpol, which used technology to unscramble the face of a man seen in dozens of images of abuse.

Proceedings were adjourned until 2 June, after Mr Neil was assigned a defence lawyer.

The former teacher appeared in shackles and an orange prison uniform at the Bangkok criminal court.

"I just hope there is justice in Thailand," he told reporters as proceedings got under way.

But the court was then adjourned after judges found that he had yet to obtain a defence lawyer.

In a brief hearing, they appointed him a lawyer and scheduled the next hearing for 2 June.

The Canadian became the subject of a global manhunt following an unprecedented public appeal by the international police agency Interpol.

Experts used new software to unscrambled digitally-distorted internet photographs of a man sexually abusing children in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Mr Neil was identified as a suspect and arrested in north-east Thailand in October 2007.

He faces 20 years in jail if convicted. He also faces possible charges in other countries.



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