Woman Jailed For Stabbing Paedophile To Death
A woman has been jailed for three and a half years for stabbing a convicted pedophile to death.
Sarah Sands wept as Judge Nicholas Cooke QC handed down the sentence at the Old Bailey.
The 32-year-old was cleared of murdering neighbor Michael Pleasted but she was found guilty of manslaughter by reason of loss of control.
The court heard that Pleasted had 24 previous convictions for sexual offences between 1970 and 1991 and had served between nine months and six years in jail.
At the time of the killing, the 77-year-old had been released on bail ahead of going on trial to defend himself against accusations of sexually abusing three boys.
On 28 November last year, Sands had armed herself with a knife and gone to Pleasted's flat in Canning Town, east London, to confront him about the case.
The single mother of five had then carried out a "determined and sustained attack", leaving the victim to crawl from his living room before collapsing in his hallway and bleeding to death.
Sands handed herself into police a few hours later, telling them that Pleasted had been "asking for trouble".
She told the Old Bailey she had gone to the pensioner to plead with him to admit his crimes and spare the young boys from having to give evidence in court but that, when he answered the door, he had "smirked" and told her the boys were liars and had ruined his life.
She said she had been "frightened" by the experience, adding: "It was not how it was meant to go."