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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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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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