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Vigilante paedophile hunter jailed for falsely claiming a man groomed teenagers

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A vigilante paedeophile hunter has been jailed for falsely claiming a man groomed teenagers.

Stephen Dure, 34, from Southampton, claimed Paul Farhad was a violent psychopath and a massive danger to society in a Facebook post in November 2017.

Southampton Magistrates Court heard Mr Farhad, from Eastleigh, had lost his job over the accusation and a brick had been thrown through his window.

Picture: Trap Paedo hunter jailed for falsely claiming man groomed teenagers

Stephen Dure has been jailed for 15 weeks (Picture: Trap)

Mr Farhad also said paint had been sprayed on his door after 110,000 people saw Dures message which he said implied he was a paedophile, the BBC reports.

Dure, also known as Stevie Trap, pleaded guilty to making an improper communication online at a hearing on Friday.

He sentenced to 15 weeks behind bars and ordered to pay costs of around £750.

Picture: BBCPaedo hunter jailed for falsely claiming man groomed teenagers

Paul Farhad was falsely accused of grooming teenagers (Picture: BBC)

Dure explained in a BBC Inside Out programme in 2017 that he posed as children on the internet to trap sex offenders.

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He spends up to 40 hours a week speaking to predators online, to arrange a sting to hand them over to police.

Dure, who is a scaffolder by trade, has 200,000 followers on Facebook and often posts videos of himself confronting alleged paedophiles.

Picture: Trap Paedo hunter jailed for falsely claiming man groomed teenagers

Dure claimed Mr Farhad was a violent psychopath in a Facebook post in November 2017 (Picture: Trap)

Mr Farhad told the court that the post in 2017 wrongly implied he was a paedophile and that his home had been attacked because of it.

Alfred Underwood, defending, said Mr Dure accepted that Mr Farhad was not a paedophile.

He added this was nowhere suggested in the Facebook message, which was read out in court.

According to the BBC, Mr Farhad then shared a screenshot of the post on his phone showing that the words grooming teenagers had been deleted from the original message.

After this Dure then changed his plea to guilty.

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