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Published: 11:22, 30 November 2017 | Updated: 11:36, 30 November 2017
Vigilante paedophile hunter 'tried to kill an innocent stranger by stabbing him multiple times after wrongly believing he molested a teenage boy'
"A vigilante paedophile hunter stabbed and tried to kill an innocent stranger he wrongly thought was a child sex offender, a court heard.
Dean Wilkinson, 48, attacked Adam Ashton, 49, in the street after a woman accused him of abusing a teenager, a jury was told.
He allegedly produced a wooden-handled knife and stabbed him so badly he was hospitalised for 12 days.
He suffered a punctured spleen which was removed by surgeons.
Plymouth Crown Court heard the attack happened when Mr Ashton and his friend Alan Brunt left a Co-op in the city around 7pm on November 2 last year.
James Beal, prosecuting, said Wilkinson, who lived nearby, confronted the two men.
He said: 'He was carrying a wooden-handled kitchen knife with a blade about six to seven inches long.
'He held the knife to Alan Brunt's throat and said to them: 'Which one of you is Adam?'"
5 DEC 2017
Plymouth thug jailed for stabbing rumoured paedophile in homophobic gang attack
"Dean Wilkinson, aged 48, is locked up for almost five years for ambush in busy street."