Case continued for Galashiels man charged after online ambush

A case against a Galashiels man charged in connection with indecent online communications with someone claiming to be a child last month has been continued until February.

Monday, 14th January 2019, 4:09 pm
Updated Monday, 14th January 2019, 4:32 pm
The High Court in Edinburgh.

A legal debate about the competency of the charges brought against Peter Mulvey, 41, got under way at Edinburgh High Court today, but has been continued until February 25.

Mulvey appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on in December after being caught in an online sting aimed at naming and shaming alleged sex offenders.

At that appearance a plea taken by the defence to the competency of both charges, so a legal debate was assigned.

Members of an organisation called Wolf Pack Hunters UK targeted him in an online confrontation live-streamed on its Facebook page on Monday, and the 23-minute video has since been viewed more than 93,000 times.

The vigilante group claims to expose alleged sex offenders by posing as children to act as decoys to lure people into meeting them before videoing such encounters and sharing them online with its 98,000 followers.