7-25-2009 United Kingdom:
The British Anglican priest John Mountford who was found dead in his apartment in Tripoli, Libya on 18 July was stabbed 24 times by a 15-year old boy, sources told The Tripoli Post on Thursday 23 July.
The British priest used to contact Libyan children by chatting with them on the internet telling them he would teach them English, the sources added. He would also give them his local phone number in order to set up appointments for meetings.
The child abuser was found lying dead, in the kitchen at his apartment at Zawit Al-Dahhmani area by his Libyan friend who went to check on him in his apartment when Mountford did not answer the repeated phone calls.
This Libyan friend opened the door with a key previously given to him by the dead man, he later informed the police of the incident.
Two kids, brothers, aged between 13 and 15 were arrested when the Libyan police found their phone number in the British priest’s cell phone, the sources said. They later were released.
A number of other Libyans have also been interviewed by the police and were released. The investigation is still ongoing.
The two brothers knew Mountford before he left to England this summer.
A relative of the two brothers told The Tripoli Post that Mountford tried to approach them sexually after which they decided not to meet him anymore.
However, their relative also said that after his return from Britain, Muntford had contacted them again via the internet and got their phone number that he seemed to have lost after he earlier lost his old CIM card.
According to The Times, Mountford’s employers reported him missing to the British Embassy in Tripoli on Thursday 19 July soon after he returned from visiting relatives in Britain. The British Foreign Office was informed on Saturday night 20 July that child-abuser’s had been found.
The former St Peter's College chaplain escaped justice in the courts in Australia in 2007 after child-sex charges against him were dropped. ..Source.. by The Tripoli Post