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Hull locksmith, 72, jailed for sexually abusing teens in Kenya

Keith Morris has been jailed for more than 18 years. Credit: National Crime Agency

A locksmith from Hull who raped and sexually assaulted two teenage girls he met on a charity trip in Kenya has been jailed for more than 18 years.

Keith Morris, 72, of Newbridge Road, had travelled to Africa to help poverty-stricken families in a remote village when he abused the girls several times between January 2016 and February 2017.

He was convicted of multiple counts of rape, sexual assault and perverting the course of justice during a trial at Leeds Crown Court earlier this year.

The court heard how Morris befriended the families of his victims, who were aged 13 and 14, offering financial support and paying for the girls to stay in hotel rooms with him.

It also emerged he made an application to the authorities for guardianship of one of the two victims, which was refused.

An investigation was launched after a British hotel guest raised concerns about Morris' behaviour towards one of the young girls.

In a search of Morris' home, police found audio recordings of him dictating letters to a contact in Kenya. He agreed to pay the contact to write out the letters, which retracted the allegations made against him, and try to get his victims to sign them.

Morris was sentenced to 18-and-a-half years in prison and made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.