A child-safety expert has voiced concern after a man confronted by a self-styled group of “sexual predator hunters” died by suicide.
The Irish News reports the man was confronted by an online group called “Silent Justice” at his home in Co Antrim on Sunday.
He died by suicide on Tuesday morning.
It is understood that the group filmed the encounter and posted it on Facebook live. In the video they reportedly questioned him over allegations he had sent indecent images to one of their members who posed as a teenage girl. It has since been removed “out of respect to the man’s” family the shadowy group said.
The group, it’s claimed, attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on the man before the police were called, who then proceeded to arrest him. He was released on police bail on Monday.
Speaking to the Irish News, ex-PSNI officer and former chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Jim Gamble expressed concern about the methods used by the group.
“If this man was guilty he should have been brought before the courts,” he said, “We have to go through the due process and apply the principles of the law.”
If you or someone you know is in impacted by suicide, you can contact:
Lifeline – 0808 808 8000
Samaritans – 028 9066 4422 / 116 123
Childline – 0800 1111 (for children and young people)
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