December 2017

Bristol man who groomed ‘girl’ kept in prison ‘for his safety’ after vigilante sting

A paedophile who was arrested after a vigilante sting has been kept in prison for his own safety.

Philip Good lived in “a fantasy” of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old child, a court was told on Tuesday, December 12.

He was arrested by police officers after a vigilante group approached his home on Sunday, December 10.

The 35-year-old of Bishport Green, Hartcliffe, appeared in Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning, December 12, charged with attempting to communicate with a child to obtain sexual gratification.

The court heard Good had been texting an adult from the group – who was posing as a child named ‘Penny King’ – after meeting her on an adult site.

He started communicating with her on November 19, sending “horrible pictures” of himself to her. Things came to a head on Sunday, when the group members confronted him at his home in South Bristol.

Dressed in a grey, long-sleeve t-shirt and dark trousers, Good looked at the ground as he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Good could face up to two years behind bars and is set to appear before Bristol Crown Court for sentencing on January 17.

District Judge Lynne Matthews, sitting in the case, said: “I’m going to remand you in custody for your own safety.

“I have seen the campaign on Facebook and the comments which have been made which threaten your safety. I think the safest place for you is in custody.”