Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'He Got What He Deserves'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'He Got What He Deserves'

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An attacker claimed all paedophiles should be "put down" after kicking and stamping an elderly sex offender to death, a court heard.

Arnold Hartley, who had served a jail sentence for sex offences on children, had already suffered regular vigilante attacks when Adrian Brown kicked his way into his home in the dead of night.

Newcastle Crown Court was told Brown punched the 73-year-old off his living room chair then repeatedly stamped on his face and head.

Brown even told witnesses "he deserves it" as he stamped on his dying victim's bleeding face and then rifled his pockets for money when he had finished.

Just days after the brutal killing Brown, 42, laughed about what he had done and boasted to a pal: "He got what he deserves and all paedophiles should suffer the same.

"They all deserve it, they want putting down."

And admitting the killing he said: "It was easy."

Prosecutor Paul Sloan QC had told the court how the windows at Mr Hartley's home at 107 Queen Street, Redcar, Cleveland, were permanently boarded up after being regularly smashed following his release from prison.

Mr Sloan told the court: "In October 2001 Arnold Hartley was convicted of sexual offences against children.

"He was sentenced to a term of 12 months' imprisonment.

"The fact he was a convicted paedophile, say the prosecution, may well lie behind the fatal attack that occurred in the early hours of Saturday November 29 last year."

He told how following his release from prison Hartley returned to live at 107.

He said: "Because of his conviction for sexual offences, certain residents in that locality were not well disposed towards him.

"His house became a target of attacks and vandalism and on November 6 the windows at the front of his house were permanently boarded up because they had been broken so often."

The court heard how on the night of the attack Brown had been drinking cider and beer with pals. …

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