A 15-year-old girl is responsible for the murder of a truck driver who she mistakenly believed to be a pedophile, the Independent reports.
Darren Kelly, 42, was stabbed to death by a group of teen vigilantes who were convinced by the young girl that the man was a pedophile.
According to prosecutors, there is no evidence that Kelly was actually a pedophile, especially since detectives found online conversations that suggested he was searching for someone over the age of 45.
The group of unnamed teens and 20-year-old Chris Carroll all plead not guilty to murder despite the clear evidence of this brutal attack.
The girl who initiated the attack had previously arranged meetings with two men she met online, hoping to get them arrested. She continued her internet bounty hunting upon finding Kelly on an anonymous messaging app called Whisper.
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett reportedly told the courts that there is nothing to solidify the claim that Kelly was actually a predator.
“In fact, there is plenty of evidence to suggest precisely the opposite," he said. "The girl instigated this attack by forming a group of teenage vigilantes in order to attack a 42-year-old man that she had met online. She had told the others that the man was a pedophile and as a result he was punched, kicked and then stabbed to death in the street"
When asked by the courts why she arranges these meetings with men from the Internet the girl said, “Because they're perverts and I don't think perverts should be around and I don't see anybody else doing anything about it.”
This is a prime example of how taking matters into your own hands can go completely wrong.
While seeking out pedophiles and luring them into traps can sometimes successfully aid authorities in finding and arresting predators, it is frowned upon and considered dangerous.
Furthermore, having a self-righteous desire to bring a pedophile to justice doesn’t give you the right to take their life. Cold-blooded murder is not justice.
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