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    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/cri...to-online-trap

    A self-styled "creep catcher" who publicly shamed, filmed and posted to the internet images of his "citizen's arrests" of purported paedophiles could soon be released from jail.

    Connor Bevins, 22, quickly gained an online following of thousands for his "Palmy Creep Catchers" Facebook and Youtube posts of him confronting men he claimed were meeting under-age girls and boys for sex.

    But in some cases he'd told people he'd lured into his trap, using dating websites or apps, the people they thought they were speaking to were over the legal age for sex.

    In other cases, he'd pretended to be younger than 16, but his targets didn't believe him, in one case because they'd seen Bevins' profile picture.

    Some of the men he'd posted video online of had suicidal thoughts afterwards and one died by suicide 20 days after the video of Bevins confronting him was published.

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    In April, Bevins was jailed for two years and eight months for posting harmful digital communications, but in a just-released decision, the High Court has granted Bevins' appeal against the sentence.

    Justice Francis Cooke instead imposed a sentence of two years' jail, giving Bevins permission to apply to the district court for home detention instead, which would be for 12 months.

    The judge ruled the district court was too harsh in the "starting point" it adopted for sentencing calculations.

    But Cooke said the offending was at the "upper end of the scale".

    In the case of the man who died by suicide, Bevins had chatted with him online, purporting to be a 25-year-old woman.

    When the man turned up to the arranged meeting place with the "woman", outside the Palmerston North courthouse, Bevins approached the car, opened the door and yelled: "We're here from Palmy Creep Catchers. You're here to meet a 15-year-old girl for underage sex."

    Bevins later told police the man "should have a bullet in his head".

    Cooke said in all but one case the men lured by Bevins had no reason to believe they might have been chatting online with someone underage, and the person who thought they were talking with someone underage was clear no sex could take place.

    "Mr Bevins was engaged in vigilante action and he involved other persons in the retribution action that was involved," Cooke said.

    "The actions assumed guilt and ran the risk of erroneous victimisation. This is a particularly concerning aspect of the offending. In the present case, the victims were innocent of having committed any offences."

    Cooke did not agree with defence lawyer William Kronast that Bevins should have received a larger discount than three months for mental health problems, on top the discounts he received for his youth.

    Bevins suffers symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after "severe trauma" in his childhood.

    "As a child, Mr Bevins was emotionally and physically neglected by his parents and subject to sexual abuse. He also has a long history of substance abuse."

    Cooke said Bevins now had a good understanding of his mental health problems.

    Bevins has past convictions for breaching supervision and community work sentences, which Cooke said suggested a risk Bevins wouldn't comply with home detention conditions.

    "Mr Bevins has displayed a callous attitude towards his offending and appears to justify his actions on the basis of his history of sexual abuse and is adamant his actions were well-intentioned."

    However, Cooke said it wasn't too late for Bevins to turn his life around and undergo counselling for past trauma and substance problems.

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    https://www.apnews.com/29eefa28f74c43358eb2df99ad1c5a8a

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vigilante attacks and mob justice appeared to be on the rise in Mexico this week as violence mounted, more than two dozen bodies appeared along roadsides and the government ruled out any new crackdown on criminal gangs.

    Prosecutors in the northern state of Sinaloa said Thursday five young men have been murdered in recent days, and in all five cases toy cars were carefully placed atop their corpses. The men were apparently car thieves, and the toys indicated both the reason they were killed and served as a warning to other thieves.

    The latest such murder came Wednesday. Prosecutors said the victim had been identified as the same man seen on security camera footage earlier that day stealing a pickup truck at gunpoint from a woman outside her home in the state capital, Culiacan.


    That same day, a total of seven suspected kidnappers were killed by townspeople in the largest mass lynching in recent memory in the central state of Puebla. Some were beaten, some hanged.

    The National Human Rights Commission said 43 people have been killed in lynchings so far this year, and 173 injured. That was up from the already-record year for mob justice in 2018.

    “Those who take justice into their own hands commit acts of barbarism, not justice,” the commission said.

    Vigilantes say they have to act because authorities won’t crack down on criminal gangs, which have become more brazen and have begun returning to the grisly mass executions that marked Mexico’s 2006-2012 drug war.

    On Thursday, the notoriously violent Jalisco cartel killed 19 people whose bodies — in some cases dismembered — were left hanging from an overpass and strewn along a highway in the western state of Michoacan. Another set of four dismembered bodies were found in plastic garbage bags the same day on a highway in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, and a few hours later, five more bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags elsewhere in the state.

    It was in Michoacan that Mexico’s last big anti-gang offensive was launched in 2006; and it was also in Michoacan where the country’s biggest vigilante movement was started in 2013. Back then, farmers and ranchers rose up in arms to drive the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel out of the state with the help of the army and federal police.

    Elements of those government forces have now been merged into the National Guard, a force that, under President Andr?s Manuel L?pez Obrador, has been loath to confront residents and criminals, in part because L?pez Obrador discourages the use of force.


    In July, villagers protecting fuel thieves in Puebla shoved aside armed National Guard forces and burned two of their patrol vehicles. In May, an armed gang in Michoacan abducted five soldiers to demand their army unit return illegal weapons soldiers had seized from the gang. L?pez Obrador later personally congratulated the unit for avoiding violence.

    Hip?lito Mora, one of the founders of the 2013 Michoacan vigilante movement, said such tactics appear unlikely to work against violent, heavily armed cartels.

    “The authorities should give the armed forces more leeway, not limit them, not allow organized crime gangs to throw stones at them and burn their vehicles,” said Mora, who now has returned to working his lime orchards but still has the weapons he used in the vigilante movement.

    “They (the cartels) grow when they are not stopped and the armed forces don’t defend themselves,” Mora said. “They say, ‘We can do whatever we want.’”

    But L?pez Obrador said Friday he won’t be drawn into the kind of army offensive that then-President Felipe Calderon launched against the cartels in 2006, when he sent troops to Michoacan. Over 100,000 homicides occurred in the next several years.

    “We are not going to fall into the trap of declaring war like they did before,” L?pez Obrador. “That is what led us to this situation of crime and violence.”

    Instead, the president vowed to continue with programs to give youths jobs, training and education programs so they won’t be recruited by drug cartels.

    “We are going to continue treating the root causes of the violence,” he said. “Peace and tranquility are the products of justice, and that may take time, but it is the best strategy.”

    L?pez Obrador said he’s well aware of the historical parallels.

    “It was precisely there, in Michoacan, where they declared war on drug trafficking, and they kicked a hornets’ nest, and that caused a lot of suffering and damage for the people of Mexico.”

    Mexico is still grappling with the lingering tragedy of the last drug war: the search for over 40,000 people who disappeared, never to be seen again. Relatives and activists have taken up the search themselves, digging in clandestine grave sites used by drug and kidnapping gangs.

    On Thursday, activists declared they had closed the largest, longest such excavation carried out to date, a total of 156 burial pits excavated over three years that contained at least 298 bodies and thousands of bone fragments.

    Relatives expressed certainty that no bodies remained in the vast burial field known as Colinas de Santa Fe in Veracruz state.

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    https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/arti...in-mob-justice

    Two boda boda riders have been charged with killing a man suspected to be behind a spate of crime.
    A public inquest probing the death of the victim linked them to the attack.
    Benson Wasike and Bonface Sifuna were charged with lynching Lazarus Wanjala, 45, on November 3, 2018 at Sidikho Village, Navakholo Sub-County.
    SEE ALSO :Man shoots dead three children in family row

    The two, according to court papers, were alleged to have picked the deceased and linked him with criminal activities, beat him jointly with others not before court.
    Prior to his death, the deceased is said to have separated with his wife over domestic wrangles.
    Wanjala warned that he would set the woman's parents' house ablaze if she did not return.
    He made true his threats and burned the house in October 2018, killing livestock by stabbing them at night.
    The actions are said to have infuriated the residents, making them mount a manhunt for him to revenge.
    SEE ALSO :Ngilu tells court she saw her friend die

    Wasike, 41, and Sifuna, 26, are said to have accosted the deceased in Dorofu village, Bungoma.
    They ferried him to Navakholo where they allegedly assaulted him with crude weapons.
    The area assistant chief notified officers from the Navakholo Police Station, who found the body burned.
    Initially, it was reported to be a mob justice but a public inquest was instituted to probe the murder.
    Meanwhile, the body was taken to Kakamega County General Hospital for autopsy.
    SEE ALSO :Nyeri Magistrate Pauline Chesang out on bail

    The inquest pointed an accusing finger at the two, who were said to have been the last people seen with Wanjala.
    The body had severe burns.
    The two were arrested eight months after the incident, where they were subjected to a psychiatric test to ascertain whether they were fit to stand trial.
    Wasike and Sifuna denied the murder charge before High Court judge Jesse Njagi.
    They were granted Sh500,000 bond with a surety of similar amount each.
    SEE ALSO :Locals burn houses demanding justice for murdered girl, 10

    Their case will be heard on November 21.

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    https://www.recordonline.com/news/20...trial-underway

    David Carlson is on trial again for the shooting of an accused rapist.

    GOSHEN — A prosecutor delivered his opening statement Thursday in Orange County Court in the new manslaughter trial of a Deerpark man who shot and killed a fugitive in 2013.

    David Carlson, 48, shot and killed Norris Acosta-Sanchez, 35, of Ramapo, outside a neighbor’s home on Old Plank Road in the hamlet of Sparrowbush. Carlson and his lawyer, Benjamin Ostrer, contend that Carlson fired twice in self-defense as he perceived that Acosta-Sanchez, who was wanted on a second-degree rape warrant and who had eluded police for three days, lunged for him.

    At the time, Carlson had marched the wanted man from his own home and up the road at the point of a shotgun. The defense says he wanted a neighbor to call 911.

    A jury cleared Carlson of a murder charge in 2016 but convicted him of first-degree manslaughter. Earlier this year, he won a new trial on appeal on the first- and second-degree manslaughter counts from the indictment. Carlson opted for a bench trial this time, so Judge Robert Freehill will weigh the law and the evidence and determine the verdict.

    On Thursday, the special prosecutor, Westchester County Deputy District Attorney Timothy Ward, made his opening statement, reiterating the prosecution’s position that instead of calling police or 911 when Acosta-Sanchez showed up at his door on Oct. 11, 2013, Carlson decided to take matters into his own hands. Ward said that by Carlson’s own statement to police, Acosta-Sanchez begged and pleaded to be let go as Carlson marched him up the road, twice firing the gun into the ground to compel Acosta-Sanchez to move.

    The first shot from Carlson’s Remington pump-action shotgun struck Acosta-Sanchez in the left arm, Ward said, and the wounded man reached his right arm to his left shoulder and yelled at Carlson for shooting him.

    “The defendant then racked what he knew to be his last round of ammunition — racked the weapon — and fired at the left side of Norris’ head, killing him instantly,” Ward said.

    Ostrer will make his opening statement when the trial resumes on Sept. 24. Freehill scheduled out 11 dates from late September through late October for trial testimony. Carlson remains free on bond.

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    https://ktla.com/2019/08/16/corona-m...hild-predator/

    A Corona man says he fears going outside after being attacked Thursday at a bar in Norco by men who mistook him for the perpetrator in a child annoyance case.

    Corona police have confirmed Kevin Martin is not the man who made sexual comments to an 11-year-old girl the morning of May 22.

    Kevin Martin is seen at left, and at right is the composite sketch of a child annoyance suspect released May 23, 2019, by the Corona Police Department.
    Kevin Martin is seen at left, and at right is the composite sketch of a child annoyance suspect released May 23, 2019, by the Corona Police Department.

    When investigators released a computer-generated composite sketch of the suspect the day after the incident, Martin commented on a social media post from the department saying it looked like him and he wanted to clear himself, according to Sgt. Chad Fountain.

    Detectives interviewed Martin and determined he wasn't the culprit. He was never considered a suspect, Fountain said.

    But Thursday night, Martin says two men approached him outside Slick's bar in Norco's Hamner Square Shopping Center.

    "He had his phone on him and he said, 'This is you, isn't it? We don't allow your kind here,' " Martin told KTLA. "The other guy starts pushing me and says, 'You know, I got a daughter.' "

    Martin claims one of them told him, "I kill people like this," despite his insistence that it wasn't him.

    The victim says he was strangled and punched at least 20 times.

    Riverside County sheriff's officials said one person was arrested on suspicion of battery at the bar that night.

    Martin is now recovering from his injuries at home.

    Corona police, meanwhile, continue to search for the child annoyance suspect.

    Officials say the man targeted the young student as she was walking near the corner of Curry Court and Parkview Drive, not far from Corona Ranch Elementary School.

    The case is stagnant and investigators haven't received any new leads, Fountain said.

    Police describe the perpetrator as a Latino man in his 20s with a thin build, black hair and brown eyes. He may have a golden retriever and has been seen in a blue vehicle with tinted windows, possibly a Toyota Prius hatchback.

    Anyone with information can contact Detective Mark DeRuyter at 951-279-3574 or Mark.DeRuyter@CoronaCA.gov.

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