08:00 Tuesday 12 March 2013

Retribution

Written byPETER RICHARDSON

TWO men have been jailed for attacking a child porn offender and driving him from his home on a South Derbyshire caravan site.

Their victim, who cannot been named for legal reasons, ended up with a fractured skull when the vigilantes went to his caravan and he refused to hand over his camera, Derby Crown Court heard.

Ten-month prison terms were imposed on David Evans, 50, of Marston Lane, Rolleston-on-Dove, and Walter Benn, 27, now of Central Avenue, Ibstock.

They admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on July 27 at the caravan site in Swadlincote.

Judge Jonathan Gosling said: “Because of the retribution for the offence he committed, it makes your offending more serious. You forced him to leave the site, causing humiliation on top of his injuries.”

Jim Metcalf, prosecuting, said a woman had intercepted a solicitor’s letter addressed to the caravan dweller, relating to a charge of making indecent images of children.

The men heard about it and called on him at his caravan.

“They asked to have a word, said they had heard that he had indecent images of children on his camera. They demanded he hand over the camera, he refused and that is when the assault took place,” said Mr Metcalf.

The man was repeatedly kicked and was told he had to leave the caravan site. He went to hospital where a fractured skull was discovered as well as bruises to the face.

Chris Lacey, defending Evans, said there were about 20 caravans on the site and the woman suspected the victim ‘had an unhealthy interest regarding children’.

She intercepted the man’s post and had a ‘eureka moment’ when she opened the letter to discover he was pleading guilty to the child porn offence. The attack was not planned and Mr Lacey added: “His main concern was for young children going to the site but he acted in a way he accepts was inappropriate.”

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