A man who confronted a convicted child sex offender in Andover has been handed a fine after he did not complete community service.
As previously reported by The Advertiser, Matthew Jamie Doyle was given a community order after he tried to ‘expose’ the convicted paedophile in June 2019, with a requirement to complete unpaid work.
The Advertiser reported at the time how Doyle feared he would be in prison at Christmas and also miss his son’s birthday.
“I am going to be in jail for Christmas and my son’s birthday, and yet this paedophile has only ever been sent down for ten days,” he said at the time.
The court heard in 2019 how Doyle went to the offender’s house – which has multiple occupants – to confront him, filming the incident whilst knocking on the door and calling the man out, asking other residents if they knew the man’s history and whether they thought it was acceptable.
He admitted that he called the man a “f***ing paedophile” on multiple occasions as well as saying “your life is going to be a misery here, especially with me as your neighbour”.
“I went over with the intent to raise awareness and I was a passionate parent doing what any parent would,” Doyle told the Advertiser.
“It’s my duty. It wasn’t a choice I made; it was a duty as a parent.”