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UK: A man arrested for stealing a meat pastry took his own life after police incorrectly labelled him a pedophile

Source: businessinsider.in 6/25/22

A man arrested for stealing sausage rolls is alleged to have killed himself after police release papers incorrectly stated he’d been accused of a child sex offense, an inquest heard.

Brian Temple, 34, was arrested for the alleged theft from British bakery chain Greggs in Teesside, England in 2017, according to Teesside Live.

When discharged, his custody release papers wrongly stated that he had been detained for “engaging 13-15 year old in sexual activity,” a court heard, per the outlet.

Temple showed his release papers with a girlfriend without realizing the error, and she told others about the false child sex abuse charge, which led to him becoming a target in his community.

He was verbally abused and physically attacked and was even hit in the head with a golf club, Teesside Live said.

Teesside Coroner Claire Bailey said that Temple was found “hanged under influence of alcohol and drugs” on New Year’s Eve 2017. His death could not be ruled a suicide because the drugs in his system might have had an effect on his mindset.

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It always baffles me how people judge people on the registry and even go to lengths to harm them and see nothing wrong with their violent actions toward another human being. How tragic for this man and it shows yet again how hated this group is, and how dangerous the public registry can be.

This is certainly not the only case of suicide under those circumstances. If he knew the report was false, then why off himself? I wonder if there was a note. Certainly outing the person or persons responsible for the errant report should be outed for their negligence!

If this is not concrete proof that the Registry is not punitive – I don’t know what is.

Over the last few years as I read articles from the UK, it appears to me they are far more into public shaming and violance than even the US against registrants or alleged registrants.

How much more punitive can it get. I was in fact hesitant to even read the article, it is that triggering to me. I haven’t been falsely accused, harassed or assaulted and I think of taking that step literally every morning. I can’t imagine what his personal hell must have been.

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