August 2017

Albanian immigrant, 22, caught trying to meet 14-year-old girl for sex

An Albanian immigrant who travelled to Britain illegally has been caught trying to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.  

Edwuart Matranxhi, 22, believed he was speaking to a pair of schoolgirls called Laura and Louise when he arranged to meet them in Sunderland on June 30.

But he didn’t realise he had actually been talking to Guardians of the North – a an online child protection group set up to expose child sex offenders.

The 22-year-old messaged the adults, posing as children, asking if they wanted to have sex, adding: ‘You are 14, I could go to jail for this.’  

Guardians of the North tracked where the messages were coming from and turned up at the B&B Matranxhi was staying in, in Percy Main, North Tyneside.

They detained him and held him to the floor until police arrived and arrested him – finding two condoms in his pockets.

Prosecutor David Lamb said: ‘The messages began in an innocent fashion with the defendant saying ‘hi’.

‘The girl asked the defendant how old he was and he said he was 22.

He said: ‘The fake girl replied saying she was 14. The conversation quickly turned to sex with him asking if she was a virgin.

‘She replied yes. He asked if she would like to have sex with someone.’ 

The court heard how the defendant, who needed a translator in court, pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Defence barrister Mr Vic Laffey said: ‘He is here illegally and he was told upon arrest that he is to be deported.

‘He came to this county on the back of a lorry. He came here to work. He came a number of months ago. He lived in Albania with his family – his parents and siblings.

‘He had no work so he came here illegally to find work. Initially he worked at a car wash in London and found his way up here.

‘He was staying in a B&B paying with the money he earned. He was unable to find work in the area.

‘He is very keen to go back to his family because he had been made aware that his mother is ill. He came here out of desperation.’

Jailing him for 12 months, Recorder Eric Elliott QC said: ‘Unbeknownst to you, this girl did not exist and the girls were the creation of the group

Guardians of the North who set up false profiles with a view to entrapping people such as you.

‘You fell fully into their trap. The Guardians of the North tracked you down on the June 30 and you were detained and subsequently arrested by police.

‘I am told that you will be deported after serving your sentence, but that is not a matter for the court.’

Matranxhi, of no fixed address, must sign the sex offenders register for the next 10 years and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.

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