Another vigilante victim! How many must kill themselves or be murdered by vigilantes due to the online hit-list before it's taken offline and used by police only?
By Martin Fricker
He was arrested after being confronted by the group who lure suspected sex offenders into real-life meetings by posing as young girls online
A man committed suicide days after vigilantes accused him of being a paedophile and grooming a child on the web.
_____, 29, was arrested after being confronted in public by undercover online group Letzgo Hunting.
The vigilantes lure suspected sex offenders into real-life meetings by posing as young girls online.
Members then video confrontations and post footage on Facebook and YouTube before tipping off police.
- This is, or should be, a crime. If someone contacts them, they should contact the police and let the police do their job, not become vigilantes for 15 minutes of fame!
Mr _____, who lived with his college worker girlfriend _____, was confronted in public by Letzgo Hunting members four months ago.
He was arrested and questioned by detectives from Leicestershire Police on May 9 after they were shown the footage.
The engineer, from Newbold Verdon, Leicestershire, was released on bail while officers looked at allegations.
He was found dead at home four days later.
A coroner last week recorded a verdict of suicide – but no mention of Letzgo Hunting was made at the inquest.
The hearing in Loughborough, Leicestershire, was told how a relative found Mr _____ hanged in the garage of his semi-detached home.
Coroner Trevor Kirkman said: “Whatever may have occurred, or whatever may be thought to have occurred, is not a matter I need to go into.”
A relative of _____’s, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s a tragedy and has left everyone extremely upset.”
Criticising Letzgo Hunting, he added: “It’s a sad reflection on modern life that vigilantes operate on the internet.”
Mr _____’s family had no comment.
Letzgo Hunting was set up by three men and a woman, assisted by 13 helpers, in Hinckley, Leics, this year.
The founder, “Jamie”, said he would not change methods in the wake of Mr _____’s death.
He added: “We feel sorry for his family for the loss.”
Letzgo Hunting has led to the arrest of 12 in the county, but no charges.
The Association of Chief Police Officers said Letzgo Hunting’s tactics could allow suspects to dispose of any key evidence before the police became involved.
- So why aren't you doing something about it and arresting these vigilantes? By not doing that, you are basically condoning what they are doing!
- (04/22/2013) Letzgo Hunting and the dangers of paedophile vigilantism
- (04/22/2013) Leave justice to us, police warn vigilante paedophile hunters using Facebook to lure suspects before confronting them
- (09/17/2013) Child grooming suspect is found hanged after being 'outed' online by vigilante paedophile hunters
- (09/18/2013) Letzgo Hunting denies blame for man's suicide
- (09/19/2013) Who are vigilante group Letzgo Hunting?
- (09/19/2013) Paedophile vigilantes terrorised us for daring to criticise them: Sisters left in fear after challenge to gang who outed online suspect