A VIOLENT child sex predator recaptured following an international manhunt quaffs champagne on a luxury boat — after he was freed by a loophole.
Evil Warwick Spinks, dubbed the Pied Piper of Paedophiles, was extradited from the Czech Republic in November after 15 years on the run.
He should have then served the last 18 months of his five-year jail term. But when he was caged back in 1995 the law only allowed officials to make offenders serve part of a sentence before automatically freeing them.
That loophole was closed for absconders last year but it cannot be enforced retrospectively.
So officials had to free Spinks FOUR MONTHS after his recapture.
The pot-bellied paedo, who now calls himself property tycoon Willem van Wijk, celebrated his freedom and 49th birthday with a sordid bash for 14 pals, including toyboy Vladimir, 34.
The Sun watched as he:
SIPPED champagne with pals at a luxury floating restaurant.
UNWRAPPED creepy presents including an edible thong.
WRITHED with male go-go dancers, saying: “You’re only as young as the boy you’re feeling.”
CAVORTED starkers in a glass-sided plunge pool with a Slovak lad in front of other perverts.
A source said: “Spinks should be behind bars. Many people in Prague were shocked to see him back so soon acting as if nothing had happened. He is cocking a snook at British justice.”
Spinks was first identified as a dangerous child abuser in 1992. He divided his time between England and Amsterdam, introducing sex tourists to young boys.
He told one undercover cop he could arrange sex with boys in Germany, Prague and Poland for as little as 10p. He was also secretly taped offering to supply a “snuff” video in which a boy, ten, was killed for kicks.
In 1995 he was jailed for seven years at Lewes Crown Court, East Sussex, for several offences against underage boys.
His sentence was cut to five years on appeal but when let out on licence in 1997 he fled the UK, violating his probation conditions.
Spinks was tracked down in Prague in 2000 running sex tours for paedophiles. But he evaded justice and was finally extradited last November, a coup hailed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
It had branded him “one of the most notorious and violent offenders we have ever dealt with”.
The Ministry of Justice refused to comment last night. But a source admitted Spinks’s release was “embarrassing”.
In Prague, where the age of consent is 15 and prostitution is legal for over 18s, vile Spinks aims to take advantage.
He told our undercover man: “I fully intend getting old disgracefully.”
Trail of a brute
THIS stark timeline tracks the years of Spinks’ sick trail of terror across UK and Europe:
1992: HE is quizzed by London cops on links to Euro paedo rings. He fixes sex with boys for tourists in Holland and offers to sell sick torture films.
1993: A LAD of 14 says he was raped at knifepoint and sold to a Dutch brothel after Spinks lured him into his home in Hastings, Sussex.
1995: SPINKS is jailed at Lewes, Sussex, for offences including drugging and kidnapping the 14-year-old boy and committing sex acts on him.
1997: DESCRIBED as “one of Britain’s most dangerous paedophiles”, Spinks is released from prison on licence and immediately flees.
1998: THE fiend sets up an agency in Prague after flitting between boltholes. A warrant is issued when he is spotted in the Canaries in 2001.
2012: SPINKS is finally flown back to the UK and arrested at Heathrow. But he is freed in 2013 and returns to his old haunts in Prague.