Nigel Sherratt killed himself after paedophile hunters confrontation
A man killed himself two days after being confronted by online paedophile hunters, an inquest heard. Nigel Sherratt, 47, from Cannock, engaged in messages of "sexual content" with a fictitious 14-year-old girl, played by a member of Soul Survivors. He was later confronted by the group, with footage streamed on Facebook. Staffordshire Coroner Andrew Haigh wants his death to be a "lesson". Mr Sherratt's sister described the group as "judge, jury and executioner". Mr Sherratt agreed to meet a fake adult female - also played by Soul Survivors - in a pub car park on 3 August 2018 but was confronted about chat logs relating to the teenage girl, the hearing at Cannock Coroner's Court was told. The men from the group were aggressive, using raised voices and threats about what might happen to him, the hearing was told.
Mr Sherratt was arrested over the allegations of potential communications with a child and held by Staffordshire Police overnight. He was released under investigation while inquiries continued but was found dead by his brother Mark on 5 August. Toxicology tests found he had a fatal concoction of overdosed drugs in his body.
source: Article 'Nigel Sherratt killed himself after paedophile hunters confrontation'; www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-49897000; BBC News; 1 October 2019