Convicted paedophile claimed sting operation breached his right to respect for private life

Gathering evidence in covert sting operations by “paedophile hunter” groups does not breach a person’s human rights, the supreme court has ruled.

Dismissing an appeal by Mark Sutherland, a paedophile who was convicted using evidence collected by an anti-grooming group in Glasgow, Lord Sales said in a unanimous judgment: “The reprehensible nature of the communications means they do not attract protection under article 8(1). The interests of children have priority over any interest a paedophile could have in being allowed to engage in criminal conduct.”

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