An Australian father considered one of the world’s worst pedophiles has been handed a massive prison sentence for raping toddlers alongside his depraved Filipino girlfriend as part of a child abuse gang.
Peter Gerard Scully, 59, was sentenced to 129 years and his girlfriend Liezyl ‘Lovely’ Margallo was sentenced to 126 years in prison in a court in Cagayan de Oro in the southern Philippines.
They faced 60 charges, including human trafficking, child pornography, child abuse and rape of children as young as 18 months.
Peter Gerard Scully, 59, was sentenced to 129 years in a court in Cagayan de Oro in the southern Philippines for a series of sickening sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Scully’s ‘girlfriend’, former prostitute Liezyl ‘Lovely’ Margallo was jailed for 126 years for her crimes. She was featured in a sick video sexually assaulting an 18-month-old child
He was already behind bars for life after being convicted in 2018 of human trafficking once and five times for sexual assault.
Margallo, 28, joined the Melbourne father of two in his crimes after hiring her as a prostitute.
She lived a life of luxury, buying designer labels and making expensive trips with the money Scully made selling despicable child pornography.
Scully sold videos of his disgusting crimes for up to $10,000 to American, German and Brazilian men on the Dark Web.
One victim was a child whose body was found buried under the floor of a house rented by Scully in Surigao.
With the help of the Australian Federal Police, Philippine authorities arrested Scully in Malaybalay in 2015 after he was on the run from Australian fraud in 2011.
Some called Scully the worst pedophile in the world for his depraved crimes
“I hope this sends a very strong message to all abusers, all traffickers that crime really doesn’t pay,” Merlynn Barola-Uy, a regional prosecutor in the southern city of Cagayan de Oro, told AFP.
The November 3 ruling was the second set of cases brought against Scully and Margallo.
The first conviction of Scully and his then-live-in girlfriend, Carme Ann Alvarez, came in 2018, when the couple were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Alvarez was believed to have become Scully’s girlfriend when she was a 14-year-old prostitute.
She provided food and shelter to young girls who raped and tortured Scully and who had to wear dog collars and chains.
Alvarez eventually led Philippine police to an apartment where an 11-year-old was buried.
She and Scully both received life sentences in 2018.
Scully and Margallo faced 60 charges including human trafficking, child pornography, child abuse and rape of children as young as 18 months
It was also revealed that year that $500,000 of Australian taxpayers’ money since 2015 had been spent on Scully’s defense.
Legal aid was funded through a government-controlled aid program for Australians living abroad who are facing persecution.
Known as the Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme, this support system aims to assist suspects who could be sentenced to the death penalty or prison terms of more than 20 years.
Scully’s sickening crimes went undetected until two victims, cousins Queenie and Daisy, ages 9 and 12, escaped from his home.
With the help of the Australian Federal Police, Philippine authorities arrested Scully in Malaybalay in 2015, after he fled Australian fraud in 2011.
In the Philippines, Scully set up riotous cybersex businesses, filming teenage girls and children from poor families having sex or being forced to do so.
One of those films, titled Daisy’s Destruction, caused prosecutors to burst into tears after discovering the film.
The video allegedly shows a girl being tied upside down by her feet, sexually assaulted and beaten repeatedly.
Scully’s girlfriend Liezyl Margallo was a prostitute so involved in his crimes that she was sentenced to 126 years in prison. She turned out to be included in the video where she abused an 18-month-old child
Margallo, who was initially released by police for lack of evidence, was later found to be included in the video of the child being abused.
“If I described her, I would call her a raging girl for what she did to the children. I think that description fits her,” researcher Dominador Cimafranca told media in 2017.
The little girl was about 18 months old in the video and although she survived, she is deeply traumatized by the ordeal.
Two other accomplices were each sentenced to nine years in prison.
The Philippines is considered a global hotspot for child sexual exploitation.