Victim of baby Gammy's father says he should not have children

Victim of baby Gammy's father says he should not have children
David and Wendy Farnell, the biological parents of abandoned baby Gammy.

One of the victims of a convicted child-sex offender in Australia, who recently fathered twins by a Thai surrogate, said yesterday that he should not be allowed to have custody of children.

David Farnell's past came to light after the surrogate accused the 56-year-old electrician and his wife of abandoning one of the children - a boy called Gammy who has Down Syndrome.

"We need to stop putting the perpetrators first and allowing different laws only at different times, because there are so many innocent babies and children that are abused day in day out. It's disgusting," the West Australian newspaper quoted the woman identified only as Sarah.

In 1997, Farnell was convicted of sexually abusing Sarah and her sister when they were aged 7 and 10. His three-year prison term was extended by 18 months when he was found guilty of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

"It is my belief he should not have any children - not just him, all paedophiles," Sarah said.

The baby Gammy case prompted a public outcry and put the spotlight on Thailand where thousands of foreigners seek the services of surrogate mothers each year. The Farnells are raising his sister Pipah in Australia.

In Thailand, two surrogate mothers yesterday provided additional testimonies to Bangkok's Lumpini Police, affirming that Dr Pisit Tantiwattanakul of All IVF clinic was the one who had carried out the surrogate pregnancy procedure on them.

Case investigator Pol Colonel Decha Phronsuwan said Ae (not her real name) aged 38, and Bee (not her real name), aged 33, had given birth to a girl and a pair of boy-girl twins respectively.

The three babies, later discovered along with six other babies at a Lat Phrao condominium, were now under the care of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

Police would meet with some four to five remaining surrogate mothers for information on Sunday, Decha added.

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