November 2018

Would-be child rapist got caught by paedophile hunters – then was bailed and did it again

A man caught trying to meet a “teenage girl” for sex after grooming her was released on bail – then did exactly the same thing again.

Michael Munday of North Cornelly, Bridgend county borough was detained at Cardiff Central railway station by members of paedophile hunting team ‘COP – Catching Online Predators’ who then caught him for a second time at Ruabon railway station just weeks later.

Sentencing him at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Tom Crowther QC said: “It is clear you develop obsessions.”

John Warren, prosecuting, said the defendant started contacting social media users he believed were teenage girls in May.

The court heard the “children” were not real and were actually decoys for a paedophile hunting group.

Prosecutors said Munday used the false name Bobby Morris and started a conversation on Facebook with a girl he believed to be 14.

The defendant asked for photographs of the girl in her school uniform and then requested a picture of her wearing a “silky nightie” with nothing underneath.

Mr Warren said the decoy reminded him she was 14 and Munday said he was “OK” with her age.

The court heard he sent her an image of his genitals and asked her if she wanted to have sex, assuring her it would not hurt.

Prosecutors said Munday suggested she could get the train to Cardiff and arranged to meet her on July 1.

He was met at the station just before 12.45pm by a group of paedophile hunters who handed their evidence to the police.

Munday was found to have a sleeping bag and two sets of satin underwear, which he told officers were for his girlfriend. He claimed he was in Cardiff to meet a friend.

Officers seized his phone, which he claimed he had only had for four days. He denied sending images of his genitals and said a friend must have taken the picture at a party.

Munday was released on bail and went on to commit the same offences in another part of the country within 28 days.