An angry dad attacked and stamped on a teenage sex attacker who had raped his young son.
The furious father knocked the youth to the ground during a chance meeting in a South Tyneside street and told him: “That’s what becomes of paedophiles.”
The circumstances are so extraordinary, he acted in a manner extremely regrettable, but, in one sense perhaps, understandable or explainable at least.Vic Laffey, defending
Newcastle Crown Court heard the dad was heard telling the teen, who was screaming for help during the explosion of violence: “You don’t rape my kid.”
The youth has since been convicted of rape and causing a child to engage in sexual activity. He is awaiting sentence.
The 30-year-old dad admitted assault causing bodily harm.
Judge Tim Gittins warned “lawlessness” and “anarchy” could result from people taking the law into their own hands.
He told the dad: “He was a young man who you knew had abused your son. I think it would be difficult for any parent not to understand the sort of emotions that would generate.
“Therefore, what you did is explicable, but not excusable. You need, as others do, to realise that such perpetrators of abuse need to be dealt with by the courts, not by wanton violence in the streets.
“The fact is, this particular time in your young son’s life is when he needs you most.
“You are not going to help him if you engage in this sort of behaviour again and end up in custody.”
The judge sentenced him to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision, programme requirements, £500 costs and an indefinite restraining order to stay away from his son’s attacker.
Vic Laffey, defending, said there have been no further incidents since the attack at the beginning of the year.
He added: “He appreciates he has placed himself in a situation where he could damage that significantly by losing his liberty.
“The circumstances are so extraordinary, he acted in a manner extremely regrettable, but, in one sense perhaps, understandable or explainable at least.
“He cold lose his liberty when his young son needs him more than ever.”
Prosecutor Sarah Mallett told the court the attack happened in the street after the dad saw the youth and approached him.
Miss Mallett said: “The defendant punched him in the face, then hit him again with the same hand, which knocked him to the floor.
“The victim described it hurt, and he was scared. He pulled his bag over his head to try to protect himself. The defendant stamped on his arms and hands. He screamed for help.”
The court heard the teenager suffered cuts, bruises and swelling in the attack.
When the dad – who works full time and has no previous convictions for violence – was arrested, he told police he was “upset” about what had happened to his son.