May 2017

Rapist’s sick selfies to ’13-year-old girl’ see him snared by paedophile hunters

A convicted rapist is facing jail after trying to groom a 13-year-old girl on the internet with sick messages and graphic selfies.

Alfred Scott, 24, sent WhatsApp messages saying he was ‘horny as hell’ and an image of aroused male genitalia, but the youngster he thought was schoolgirl ‘Jess’ was in fact paedophile hunters posing as a child.

The pervert, who was jailed for four-and-a-half years in 2012 for violently raping a woman during their first date, was lured to Newcastle Central Station, where he scarpered when he was confronted by vigilantes from Dark Justice.

Scott, also known as Alfred Liddle, from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, was reported to police and later arrested.

The predator today appeared before Newcastle Crown Court via a video link from HMP Durham after earlier admitting attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

David Crook, prosecuting, said Scott was told by ‘Jess’ that she was 13 from the outset and reminded again of the tender age when the online conversation turned explicit.

Scott urged her to send X-rated pictures of herself but the man pretending to be Jess refused ahead of a meeting between him and the ‘girl’ on April 15.

Mr Crook said: ‘Just after half-six that day, two of the people of the Dark Justice group, one of them was videoing, went to Central Station to meet the defendant who would have been expecting to meet up with Jess.

‘They recognised him by the photograph he had posted of himself.

‘The defendant when confronted made off.’

When he was arrested, Scott snapped: ‘It wasn’t like that, nothing was going to happen, f***, I shouldn’t have come, I knew it was wrong.’

Judge Tim Gittins adjourned the case until July 24 for psychiatric reports to be prepared.

Dark Justice have secured 90 arrests, 43 convictions and 20 jail terms following their undercover work, according to their website.

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