Double child kidnapper named as Michael Jackson

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A double child kidnapper is facing an indefinite jail term.

Michael Jackson, aged 50, previously of Lowrey Court flats in Bristnall Hall Road, Oldbury, can today be named as having admitted the crimes.

Reporting restrictions were lifted by Judge Nicholas Webb, at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday. Jackson was arrested in November last year, after a 10-year-old boy from Oldbury was found in his ground-floor flat with his arms bound and a white sheet wrapped around him.

Jackson pleaded guilty to charges of kidnap, sexual assault, false imprisonment and kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence in relation to the boy's disappearance. He first admitted those charges at a court hearing in May, as well as the abduction of a 10-year-old girl in the West Midlands on September 14, 2011.

That victim came forward after media reports of the Oldbury kidnapping.

Jackson, originally called Albert English, was remanded in custody until sentencing on October 29. The court is expected to consider whether he should face an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection, which is reserved for particularly dangerous offenders who pose a significant risk of harm.

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