In Great Britain, a mother stabbed a pedophile to death after abusing her children

A mother told how she stabbed her pedophile neighbor to death after learning he had sexually abused her children.

British woman Sarah Sands stabbed 77-year-old Michael Pleasted to death in 2014, bleeding him eight times in a “determined and sustained attack”. Sun reports.

Pleasted was already a convicted pedophile and had changed his name from Robin Moult to hide his child abuse past.

Ms Sands’ three children told Pleaste, where the family lived just down the road in London, that he was abusing them, and she took matters into her own hands.

“For pedophiles, if you touch children, there should be consequences,” Ms Sands said BBC Breakfast.

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“And hiding behind a name change… it should be taken away from them. The right to change their names should be taken from them.”

Now her brave boys, who have waived their anonymity, have told how they think she is a hero for killing their mother’s abuser.

Bradley, who was 11 at the time, said: “I was thinking, “hats off.” I am not going to deny it.”

Alfie added: “It made us feel safer. That didn’t stop the nightmares. But it gave us a sense of security because we didn’t have to walk down the street expecting him to turn the corner.

“He literally lived across the road from us. I could open that window there and see his house.”

Pleasted’s council flat overlooked a playground and school in Canning Town, East London.

But no one knew about Pleasted’s sordid past because he had changed his name and his crimes began before he was registered as a sex offender.

Ms Sands was convicted of manslaughter on the basis of loss of control after an Old Bailey trial in 2015 and was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after her sentence was increased by the Court of Appeal.

He initially said he intended to threaten Pleasted, who was on bail awaiting trial, to force him to plead guilty so his children would not testify at trial.

Labor MP Sarah Champion told the BBC that some criminals use name changes to avoid criminal record checks required for jobs including working with children.

“Once they change their name, they can get a new driver’s license and passport under that name. This allows them to get a new DBS (disclosure and barring service) check,” he said.

“And we see that these people then go into schools and other places where there are children and vulnerable people and take advantage of their positions of trust in the most horrific way.”

The UK Home Office said it was already looking into the matter and that the UK already had strict rules in place to deal with sex offenders living in the community.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission

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