British mother stabs pedophile to death after he abused her children

A mother has told how she stabbed a pedophile neighbor to death after she found out he had sexually abused her children.

British woman Sarah Sands stabbed Michael Pleasted, 77, eight times in 2014 in a “determined and sustained attack” that left him bleeding to death, The sun reports.

Already a convicted pedophile, Pleasted had changed his name from Robin Moult to hide a long history of crimes against children.

Mrs Sands’ three children told her Pleasted, who lived opposite the family in London, that he had abused them – and she took matters into her own hands.

“For pedophiles, if you touch children, there has to be consequences,” Ms Sands said BBC breakfast.

“And hiding behind name changes… it needs to be taken away from them. That right to change their name should be taken away from them.”

Now her brave boys, who have now renounced their anonymity, have shared how they thought their mother was a hero for killing their abuser.

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

Alfie added: “It made us feel safer. It didn’t slow down the nightmares. But it did give us a sense of security, because you didn’t have to walk down the street thinking that he would come around the corner.

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

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

But no one knew about Pleasted’s sordid past, for he had changed his name and his crimes predated the sex offender registry.

Ms Sands was convicted of manslaughter on a loss of control basis following an Old Bailey trial in 2015, eventually serving seven and a half years in prison after her sentence was increased by the Court of Appeal.

She said she originally planned to threaten Pleasted, who was awaiting trial, to have him plead guilty so her children wouldn’t have to testify in court.

Labor MP Sarah Champion told the BBC some offenders are using name changes to avoid criminal record checks being required for jobs including working with children.

“Once they change their name, they can get a new driver’s license and passport in that name. That will allow them to get another DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check,” she said.

“And we find that these people then go to schools and other places where there are children and vulnerable people and exploit their position of trust in the most horrific ways.”

The UK Home Office said it has already assessed the matter and the UK already has strict rules on how to deal with sex offenders living in the community.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reprinted with permission

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