And yet another example of why the sex offender lists should be taken offline and used by police only. How many people are going to be murdered before this is done?
By Matt Lloyd
A man has admitted killing a Midland sex offender after starting a blaze at his home.
Daniel Martin, 24, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of [name withheld] when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday.
[name withheld] died at his flat in Chedworth Close, Warndon, Worcester, in December 2011 after Martin set fire to wheelie bins placed by the front door.
The blaze quickly gutted the property, killing the 52-year-old who had convictions for indecent assault and gross indecency dating from the 1980s and 90s.
The killer, previously of Canterbury Road, Ronkswood, will be sentenced on July 26.
Yesterday Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williamson said: “This will save [name withheld]'s family the rigours of a trial and they also welcome Martin’s guilty plea.”
“This landmark in the case means we are nearing the end of what has been a long and complex investigation.”
“It is now more than 18 months since the fire occurred at Andrew’s flat and Martin has finally admitted his is responsible for his death.”
“When he was killed, his family asked the police and the public to help them find some answers; I hope this conviction has gone some way to do that.”
“I would like to thank all those members of the public who offered statements and came forward as witnesses; their efforts have led directly to today’s conviction.”
Three other people have been charged with perverting the curse of justice in relation to the case and are due to stand trial.