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Teens Kill Man Mistakenly Thought To Be Pedophile

| by Zara Zhi
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A "teenage vigilante" gang in England attacked and killed a truck driver whom a 15-year-old girl mistakenly identified as a pedophile, according to court documents.

On Oct. 20, 2015, 42-year-old Darren Kelly was stabbed to death near his home in Pitsea, Essex.

Prosecutors said on April 12 there is no proof Kelly was a pedophile and investigators found online exchanges suggesting he was looking for a partner over the age of 45.

The girl and three other teens suspected of instigating the attack are standing trial at Chelmsford Crown Court where they pleaded not guilty to murder, reports the Independent.

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Prosecutor Crispin Aylett told the court the girl started a “personal campaign” against pedophiles. He described the case as being “as disturbing as it is extraordinary,” and said there was no proof Kelly was interested in underage girls.

“In fact, there is plenty of evidence to suggest precisely the opposite,” he said.

The girl communicated with Kelly using the anonymous messaging app Whisper. During the conversations, Kelly asked about the girl’s mother and was told she did not have a partner. Kelly allegedly thought he was meeting an adult and even clarified the time of the meeting.

“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,” said Aylett. “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.”

Kelly was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries, according to the Express.

The girl, now 16, had previously coordinated to meet two men she found online in the hopes they would be detained because she “lost faith” in the British police and court system, according to Aylett.

Police asked her why she arranged to meet two other men, aged 23 and 67, whom she found on Facebook before the incident. “Because they’re perverts and I don’t think perverts should be around and I don’t see anybody else doing anything about it,” she told officers.

Chris Carrol, 20, of Pitsea, and two 17-year-old boys also pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Sources: Independent, Express  / Photo credit: Facebook via Independent

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