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Devon man faces jail for stabbing suspected paedophile three times in the street

December 4, 2017 6:53 PM
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Devon man faces jail for stabbing suspected paedophile three times in the street

A Devon man faces jail after he was convicted by a jury of stabbing a rumoured paedophile in the street.

Dean Wilkinson, aged 48, used a knife to ambush the man as he left a shop, a court heard.

He attacked Adam Ashton and held the blade to the throat of his friend, the jury ruled, reports the Plymouth Herald.

Mr Ashton, aged 49, who suffered a ruptured spleen, said that he heard a woman shouting at him that he had indecently touched a boy as he lay on the pavement.

Mr Ashton denied he had abused the teenager when he gave evidence at the trial in Plymouth Crown Court.

Wilkinson admitted that he had heard rumours Mr Ashton was a paedophile but denied that was the reason he confronted him outside the Co-op in Duke Street, Devonport, in November last year.

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The defendant admitted punching him but then said Mr Ashton was “jumped” by about five men – one of who must have stabbed him three times.

Wilkinson, of Clifton Street, Greenbank, said he never even had a knife.

The jury spent only about an hour and 20 minutes in deliberation after a three-day trial.

Wilkinson had denied wounding Adam Ashton with intent to do grievous bodily harm on November 2, 2016.

He was cleared on that count, but found guilty of the lesser alternative of wounding without intent.

Wilkinson was also convicted of using a knife to threaten Mr Ashton's friend Alan Brunt.

The defendant held the blade to his throat so closely that he cut his chain.

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Source: devonlive.com

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