Kangs Solicitors has recently successfully represented a client facing ‘grooming’ allegations having responded to a website set up by ‘paedophile hunters’.

We comment below upon this recent success on behalf of our client and aspects of the relevant law affecting the activities of ‘paedophile hunters’.

For over twenty years Kangs Solicitors has built up a reputation for successfully representing clients being investigated or charged with offences of a sexual nature.

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The Case of Mark Sutherland | Sexual Grooming Offences Defence Solicitors

  • Mark Surtherland has been in the news recently having faced the accusation that he was lured by ‘paedophile hunters’ to meet a child.
  • Following conviction for attempted grooming offences he has appealed to the Supreme Court arguing that the admittance at his trial of evidence collected by ‘paedophile hunters’ amounted to an interference of his human right to a private life.
  • The ruling of the Supreme Court is awaited with interest as many prosecutions have relied on the evidence resulting from the activities of ‘paedophile hunters’.

The Law | Kangs Sexual Offences Advisory Solicitors  

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 provides that it is an offence:

  • for someone to intentionally arrange or facilitate something that they/or they believe someone else will do in any part of the world that involves causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, for sexual activity to take place in the presence of a child or causing a child to watch a sexual activity.
  • to meet or communicate at least once and to subsequently intentionally meet with a child or travel with the intention of meeting the child anywhere in the world or the child travels with the intention of such a meeting in any part of the world and during the meeting or thereafter doing with the child any activity that involves the commission of a sexual offence.
  • for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, to intentionally communicate with a child. That communication being sexual in nature or intended to elicit a response of a sexual nature from the child.

Possible Defence | Kangs Solicitors National Sexual Offences Team

It may be a defence if it can be proven there is a reasonable belief held by the accused that it is not a child involved but someone of sixteen years or above.

Successful Outcome | Kangs Sex Offences Defence Solicitors  

  • When responding to a false profile on the website ‘Grindr’ operated by ‘paedophile hunters’ part of the ‘chat’ disclosed was that the alleged victim was under the age of sixteen years.
  • This disclosure prevented the potential defence, mentioned above, that our client had reasonable belief that he was dealing with someone aged sixteen years or over.
  • However, at interview, our client was able to give a full explanation concerning activity leading to the meeting with the ‘paedophile hunters’ and no further action was taken.
  • Naturally, our client was enormously relieved with this outcome as any prosecution pursued may well have resulted in very serious consequences.

Who Can I Contact For Advice & Help? | Kangs Criminal Defence Solicitors

Conviction for such an offence at a Magistrates’ Court can result in a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and/or a fine to the statutory maximum whilst conviction at a Crown Court can result in a maximum prison sentence of between two and fourteen years.

It is rumoured that during ‘lockdown’, there has been an upsurge in ‘grooming offences’ resulting from young people spending more time on line thereby increasing the danger of unwittingly exposing themselves to sexual predators generally. 

In view of the consequences outlined above, it is imperative that you instruct an experienced solicitor as soon as you become aware of any allegation of any unlawful sexual activity being made.  Crucially, an experienced solicitor should be present in interview at the police station, whether it is an interview by appointment or under arrest.

To discuss an allegation of a sexual offence in further detail please contact our team:

Hamraj Kang
hkang@kangssolicitors.co.uk
07976 258171 | 020 7936 6396 | 0121 449 9888

Helen Holder
hholder@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 07989 521210

Sukhdip Randhawa
srandhawa@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 07989 521210