A man has been jailed for two years after he was caught in a sting by Dark Justice, an internet vigilante group which poses as underage children to ensnare paedophiles.
Hazaa Said sent explicit messages and photos to what he thought was an 11-year-old schoolgirl called ‘Amanda’, including a photo of his genitals, before arranging to meet her in Newcastle.
In fact, Amanda was Dark Justice posing as the girl and they shared the messages with the police before going to meet Said and film him waiting for the fake child.
During the exchange, ‘Amanda’ repeatedly told Said she was only 11, and asked “R u okay with my age?”, to which Said reportedly replied: “Yup. Age doesn’t matter for me.”
Said, who is married and had no prior convictions, is now the sixth person to be put behind bars as a direct result of Dark Justice’s efforts.
The 24-year-old claimed he was unsure about the law in this country because he is originally from Oman, but that flimsy excuse didn’t work on the judge.
At Said’s hearing at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Judge Tim Gittins said:
Your excuse that you didn’t know the law of this country simply will not wash. It is right to say that your discussions centred around hugging and kissing her but you also said it would be nice to have sex with her, with an eleven-year-old. Further, to support that, you sent an explicit photograph of yourself.