‘Blood on their hands’

Thursday, 5 October 2017

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AN Antrim community activist fears that self-styled vigilantes who scour the web for sexual predators could 'end up with blood on their hands'.
Seamus Davis believes there is a dark side to the growth of online paedophile hunters who set 'honey traps' to snare potential child sex offenders.
‘Silent Justice' is one such group, and in August they carried out a sting at the home of a County Antrim man they alleged had exchanged messages with a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
The father of two, who was arrested at the scene and released without charge, later took his own life.
A 49-year-old man from Antrim town was the group's latest target.
The man had been chatting online to a '14-year-old girl' and the pair eventually agreed to meet. But when he stepped off the train in Belfast there was no sign of a child at the agreed rendezvous point.
Instead there was a video camera and a team of 'child protection enforcers' from Silent Justice.
Mr Davis admits he is troubled by the race to name and shame.
“These people are playing with fire - and they very easily could end up with blood on their hands," he said.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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