Parsons Green Man 'Bit Off Part of Paedophile Hunter's Finger'

De-Castle-Lynne in court charged with grooming and GBH after being caught in sting

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A suspected paedophile from Parsons Green bit off part of the finger of a man trying to arrest him, a court has heard.


Jurors were told that "paedophile hunter" Stephen Little was injured during a "violent" struggle with Thomas De-Castle-Lynne in March.


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De-Castle-Lynne, 46, pictured above, had been caught in a sting by a group calling itself Catching On Line Predators using fake Facebook profiles, St Albans Crown Court heard.

He denies six charges, including grooming and common assault.

The jury was told De-Castle-Lynne, of Parsons Green in Fulham, had turned up at Stevenage train station expecting to meet a 14 year-old girl called Maddie Parker.

However, the "paedophile hunters" confronted him at the station. Mr De-Castle-Lynne then "got Mr Little's left little finger between his teeth...and would not let go," prosecutor Angus Robertson said.

Mr Robertson added that the finger did not heal and Mr Little has undergone a partial amputation.

The prosecutor said, "In March this year the group set up a decoy Facebook account in the fictitious name of Maddie Parker.

"The defendant made contact and, in conversations, he made sexual references and sexual suggestions.

"He arranged a meeting. It was clear from his tone that his intention was for sexual activity to take place."

The court heard the "girl" had told Mr De-Castle-Lynne she was 14. He had asked her to remove her underwear and put it in a bag as she travelled to Stevenage.

Mr Robertson said the defendant had Facebook conversations with three other "decoy" girls set up by Catching On Line Predators.

Mr De-Castle-Lynne denies attempting to meet a child under 16 following grooming, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm, common assault, assault by beating and causing racially aggravated harm or distress.

The trial continues.

October 24, 2018

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