In 2014, Sarah Sand drank two bottles of wine, went to the home of the person who abused her three children, and stabbed him eight times to death. Today, released, she remembers the case and says that the actions of pedophiles “They must have consequences.”
The rapist was identified as Michael Pleasted, 77, who had abused his three children and other children in the Silvertown development in London. At that time he was on probation after being imprisoned for child abuse, but to hide his past he changed his name, so no one suspected him.
Under the identity of Robin Moult, Pleasted was able to get a new driver’s license and passport, plus a new background check to allow access to the children.
Pleasted was a popular old man in the area, he ordered newspapers in a store so he had contact with adults and children. Little by little he gained the trust of Sarah and her children, they began to support him in his work and he also invited them to his house, until the children revealed the sexual assault, according to the BBC.
The old man was arrested after Sarah’s complaint, but he was released after posting bail and returned home, very close to where Sarah lives with her children. Confused, she went to demand that he plead guilty.
“I realized that I had made a big mistake. He was not sorry in any way. He said ‘your children are lying’. The whole world froze. He had the knife in my left hand and I remember that he tried to grab it ”, said. After murdering him, he turned himself in to the police.
The attack cost him a sentence for involuntary manslaughter of more than seven years. She was acquitted of the murder charge because she was deemed to have lost control of herself.
Now free, the mother is campaigning to prevent abusers from pulling off legal tricks to avoid jail or changing their identities. She has also revealed that she feels remorse for what she did.
“I bring life to the world. It never occurred to me that I would be guilty of taking someone’s life.”he declared.
However, he has a message for all pedophiles.
“For pedophiles, if you touch children, there have to be consequences. And hide behind the name changes… you have to take it off. You have to take away their right to change their name.”
And he summarizes what he did with a powerful sentence: “I did what any mother would do.”
When the abuse occurred, Sarah’s children were 12 and 11 years old. Now that they are of legal age, they highlight what their mother did.
The eldest, Bradley, says he “hats off” for what his mom did, because Pleasted “literally lived across the street.”
Twins Alfie and Reece say that the rapist’s death “made them feel safer” and that it was nice to know “that he was dead”, but that “the nightmares did not stop” and on more than one occasion they cried “where is he?” breast”.