Two friends have been cleared of all charges after they were accused of threatening a child rapist with a baseball bat.
Michael Loughran, 30, and Karl Carter, 27, reportedly offered a $1,600 reward to anyone who could provide them with information about the whereabouts of the 18-year-old man, who was released from prison after serving a three-and-a-half year sentence for sex crimes against juveniles, reports the Mirror.
The duo reportedly located the unidentified man at his home on June 28 and say their intention was to scare him. At their trial, Loughran reportedly admitted that he took a swing at the man with a baseball bat, but said he was acting in self-defense. The men say they did not wound the man with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, despite the fact that the teenager needed stapling in his head because he had been cut.
In less than one hour, a jury reached its decision to clear Loughran and Carter – who had spent five months in an English remand prison.
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“Justice has been done,” Carter said. “We are not having a party. I’m just going home to spend the time with my partner and my kids. That’s all I want to do.”
Had they been convicted, the men could have been sentenced to six years in prison.
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