On the night of his arrest, after being confronted by members of the vigilante group, Mullarkey had fled to an address in Coleridge Road, Addiscombe, where he called the police to report being hassled by men accusing him of child sex offences.But when officers arrived they were met by members of Internet Interceptors, who handed over evidence of Mullarkey’s crimes.I put my left hand by her neck to see if there was a pulse and there was no pulse…as soon as we turned her over the police arrived.‘I was with the police doing the CPR.RELATED: Father pleads guilty to grooming 14-year-old girl after being exposed by vigilante 'paedophile hunters' But today he walked free from Croydon Crown Court with a 16-month suspended jail sentence, after his lawyer assured the judge his client would “never go near the internet again”.
The father-of-two stayed silent as he left the courthouse The sick predator’s messages continued even when she pleaded to “stop asking me” about sex, Mr Nicholson said.
Sentencing him today, the Recorder of Croydon Judge Warwick Mc Kinnon said: "You went to meet this 14-year-old for the purpose of sexual activity, and indeed penetrative sexual activity.
"It's all the more extraordinary that you are married with two children of your own, and one of the results of this outrageous and disgusting activity, though perhaps unsurprising, [is that] there has been a breakdown in your marriage.” The judge added: "You weren’t to know there wasn’t actually a 14-year-old girl to meet because this whole thing was set-up by a group of individuals setting out to flush out individuals with your mindset.
The dad-of-two had exchanged two weeks of explicit online messages with 14-year-old “Hayley”, describing the sex acts he wanted to perform on her – not realizing he was speaking to a male member of the vigilante group.
Following his arrest on January 20, Mullarkey, of Betchworth Way, pleaded guilty to grooming an underage girl for sex.