Leading British film make-up artist ALAN HEDGCOCK was sentenced to at least eight years in prison yesterday (5FEB07) after being convicted of conspiring to rape two young sisters.
Hedgcock, who has worked on a series of hit movies including Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven and 28 Days Later, began forming plans for a chilling attack after meeting DAVID BEAVAN in an internet chat room dedicated to incest, London's Southwark Crown Court heard.
Hedgcock, 41, told Beavan of his plans to abuse the girls aged 13 and 14, and the second man, aged 42, expressed interest in the idea. A third man, ROBERT MAYERS, 42, later joined the pact, also via the internet.
Passing sentence, Judge GEOFFRY RIVLIN QC described transcripts of the trio's chatroom conversations as "most lurid and disgusting.
"You were drooling over the prospect to take these children into the woods and rape them. These logs were further spiced... by the swapping of pornographic images of young children."
The three men were arrested when Beavan informed police of the plan, claiming he was a "vigilante" gathering evidence against paedophiles. However, he was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to rape and sentenced to at least 11 years in jail. Mayers was sentenced to a minimum of eight years behind bars.