A convicted pedophile putting on a concert as part of an orchestra in a cathedral in a Buenos Aires, Argentina, suburb was killed by angry parents, one of whom used the pedophile’s own trumpet against him as a weapon.
According to AFP, the attack happened on Oct. 30. Marcelo Fabian Pecollo, 42, had been convicted in 2010 of sexually assaulting five preschoolers and sentenced to 30 years. However, he’d been let out in 2014 due to a sentence reduction.
Pecollo was playing with the Moron city orchestra in the cathedral. Parents from the preschool had tracked the music teacher and trumpet player down, however, and interrupted the concert to assail him.
“There is a pedophile and a rapist in the church and he is playing in this orchestra,” the mob of parents were chanting, according to Fox News.
Peccolo tried to escape, but the parents caught up to him. One even took the child molester’s trumpet and started beating him with it, according to onlookers.
“When I arrived, those people were leaving,” priest Jorge Oesterheld said. “He was in a very, very bad way, until the police and ambulance arrived.”
“They say they took justice into their own hands, but it was revenge. It was murder,” Oesterheld said.
Pecollo had originally been arrested in 2007 on a complaint from the mother of a 4-year-old child. In the course of the investigation, six other cases of abuse were discovered.
We can understand that vigilantism isn’t the way to go about anything. We can also understand the frustration of a parent who has had their child victimized by a molester only to see him released after serving less than a sixth of his sentence.
When this sort of liberal “justice” is doled out, allowing people who have committed sick crimes to go free without paying their debt to society, it’s no secret that victims sometimes take matters into their own hands.
We don’t defend vigilantism, and we stand very strongly against it. However, it is tragically the natural outgrowth of a system that allows leniency for those who have committed inexcusably heinous crimes, especially against small children.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail