Just one more reason, of the many, why the registry should be taken offline, to stop vigilantism.
By Chloe Griffiths
A CONVICTED sex offender was stabbed to death after being confronted about his sordid past by his drunken new girlfriend and her pals, a court heard.
[name withheld], 31, probably died within 10 minutes of being stabbed in the left thigh. But it is claimed he was left lying in a pool of his own blood for about two hours while his alleged attackers, who had challenged him for being a “paedo”, attempted to cover up his murder.
Liverpool Crown Court heard [name withheld]’s new girlfriend Lindsay Hutchins, 23, had become aware of his criminal background after being secretly tipped off by his jealous brother [name withheld].
On the night of November 13, 2009, the young mum invited him around to her friend Susan Lynch’s Netherton home, where they were drinking with their co-accused Samuel Dunne, 49, and his nephew David Bennett, 36, of Condron Road North, Litherland.
Prosecutors allege the group plotted to confront and assault [name withheld], who had learning difficulties. They claim that Dunne and Lynch then carried out a joint attack on Mr [name withheld] – punching, kicking and fatally stabbing him in her pantry.
Dunne, of Bedford Road, Bootle, and Lynch, of St Augustine’s Way, Netherton, both deny murder.
All four defendants also deny conspiring to commit assault occasioning actual bodily harm and plotting to pervert the court of justice.
Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting, told the jury that all four had now given conflicting accounts blaming each other. He said: “It is, however, the prosecution case that at some time before [name withheld] arrived at St Augustine’s Way, the four defendants agreed to confront and assault him in consequence of the suggestion that he had, in the past, been convicted of sexual offences."
“Also that in the pantry, off the kitchen, Samuel Dunne and Susan Lynch carried out a joint attack on [name withheld] during the course of which he was punched, kicked and fatally stabbed.”
Mr [name withheld], of Haydock, was convicted of offences of sexual assault in 1996 and made the subject of a hospital order.
Mr Flewitt told jurors the background to the attack was that Mr [name withheld]’s brother Barry had met Hutchins, of Muttocks Rake, Seaforth, on a night out. But after he introduced her to Graham it was clear they were attracted to each other. Barry was so upset he set up a new email address using a fake name, John Kelly, to email Hutchins.
In a series of emails he masqueraded as the brother of a 14-year-old girl abused by Mr [name withheld]. He told Hutchins: “He’s an evil t***. Do you want to be known as the friend of a sex beast. The evil t*** ruined my sister’s life.”
He then added: “He attacked my sister when she was 14. He was charged with eight other attacks. Your life will never be the same again if you have contact with him.”
Mr Flewitt said Hutchins quickly worked out it was Barry sending the messages. But she maintained contact with both men and on the night of November 13, she spoke to Mr [name withheld] for one hour and 16 minutes. Shortly after, at about 11.10pm, Mr [name withheld] arrived at Lynch’s home with alcohol.
Mr Flewitt said: “It is the prosecution case that by 00.39, Samuel Dunne had left the premises and was driving his van away from St Augustine’s Way where, by that time, [name withheld] was already dead.”
He added that it was not “easy to piece together exactly what had happened” in the house. But that police were not called until 2.24am and by that stage it was too late to revive Mr [name withheld]. He had died from a 12.5cm wound which cut an artery in his leg. He also had a “slash” wound across his face.
In the wake of his death, Lynch admitted to police: “No-one likes a kiddie fiddler”, but she insisted it was Dunne who was fighting with [name withheld]. While Dunne, who fled the scene and hid his clothing, admitted punching [name withheld], but insisted it must have been Lynch who stabbed him.