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Child sex abuse victim killed his paedophile sex attacker

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A child sex abuse victim has been cleared of the murder of his sex attacker but found guilty of manslaughter.

Kevin Caddick aged 36 was accused of murdering paedophile John Mathers who was jailed for abusing his nephew when he was aged 5.

Mr Mathers was seriously assaulted leaving him with unsurvivable injuries which included a bleed on the brain and fractures to his jaw and ribs.

Caddick denied murder but did admit Manslaughter after attacking Mathers in his home, The jury was told the sexual abuse that he was jailed for in 2012.

Caddick admitted he had lost control on the day of the attack because of the effects of the abuse and the way Mr Mathers’ responded when he questioned him about it at the home in Netherfields, Middlesbrough.

Caddick denied going there to attack Mr Mathers but said he was in the area and coincidentally saw him staring from a window.

He said he asked “why did you do that to me when I was a kid?” and “saw red” when Mr Mathers replied he had gone to prison for it, thinking it sounded like a justification.

Dr Christopher Green was called to give expert evidence and he believed Caddick’s responsibility was diminished and he lost control at the time he assaulted Mr Mathers.

The prosecution’s psychiatrist Professor Don Grubin believed it may have been diminished responsibility. adding that “Professor Grubin is now of the opinion that, at the time that the defendant assaulted Mr Mathers, his responsibility was dismissed.

“In those circumstances, it would have been difficult for the Crown to ask you, or indeed any reasonable jury, to convict of murder.”

Caddick now faces sentence tomorrow for the unlawful killing of Mr Mathers. He was remanded in custody.

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Tragic Girl aged nine died following North Yorkshire Rock Fall

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A girl aged nine has sadly died after suffering serious head injuries in a rock fall on a beach in North Yorkshire.

Emergency services responded to the horrific incident just after 4.45pm following reports a girl has been hurt.

Despite frantic efforts by emergency service workers she sadly died at the scene.

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed the sad news and have also said they are supporting the family at this difficult time.

Police, Fire, Ambulance, Air Ambulance and the Coastguard all worked together to attempt to save the girls life.

Police Hours thoughts and preys at this difficult time are with this young girls family and friends.

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Help support the family of Three young children who have tragically lost their mum

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Police Hour is looking to help support the family of Kelly Franklin who was murdered in Hartlepool, Having personally known Kelly as a wonderful person we would like to raise some money to help support her children.

It was very tragic and saddening that we reported the murder of Kelly, but to find out within hours this was the Kelly we knew, the Kelly that had a heart of gold and the Kelly that ensured other peoples children never went without, we really had to try and do something to help and support her children.

After Kelly Franklin was murdered she was the mum of three wonderful children who have been left heartbroken.

Police Hour has set up a JustGiving Appeal to help support the three young children following the tragic murder of their mum.

Kelly Franklin who sadly died on Friday 3rd August on Oxford Road in Hartlepool was such a loving, caring, beautiful young mother of three whose life has been tragically cut short.

Kelly was always bursting with life, happiness and joy and you would not bump into her without seeing a beautiful smile on her face. She was loved by so many and always had time for others.

Her three beautiful children were her most treasured things in her life and they are all in complete shock and horror that their mother’s life has been taken away from them and us so suddenly.

It is so difficult to find the words to describe how the family feels at this moment.

If you would like to support the appeal please click here to donate. Thank you for your support.

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Two arrested after Kelly Franklin Murdered in Hartlepool

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Kelly Franklin has been named after being attacked with a knife in Hartlepool.

Kelly was a kind and caring mother of three young children. She sadly died after suffering significant injuries on Oxford Road near to Chaucer Avenue in the town.

Kelly was aged just 29 years old. A 30-year-old who was known to Kelly is currently in Police Custody.

Specially trained officers are supporting Kelly’s family and our thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time.

Detectives would like to again appeal for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch with them.

Police believe that Oxford Road would have been busy with vehicles travelling along Oxford Road on Friday evening, and that it is a route often used by buses and taxis.

Any drivers who were in the area of Oxford Road near to Chaucer Avenue at around 9pm on Friday evening, particularly anyone who may have dash cam footage, are asked to call them on 101.

Two people, a 30-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, remain in custody on suspicion of murder.

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