Many thanks to regular HR commenter Mik7777 for directing our attention to a recent post by Neil Wilby on his eponymous blog, in which he fills in some interesting details in the matter of convicted paedophile Peter Hofschröer.
You might recall that Belinda first raised the alarm about Mr Hofschröer’s absconding on her Facebook page, at the tail end of a syrupy post about Mr Hofschröer’s mother:
This post, written on Saturday, 8 July, describes how Mr Hofschröer vanished while Belinda was out tending to his mother.
A few days later, Tracey Morris posted to Belinda’s Facebook page, noting that a 5-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted at a playground very close to Belinda’s home. While we did not believe that Mr Hofschröer had assaulted the child, we made the point that it seemed foolhardy to us to allow a convicted paedophile to lodge so close to an area frequented by small children. We reported Belinda and Tracey’s posts to police, as a precautionary measure. And as expected, Belinda responded with sputtering rage.
As Mr Wilby points out, in this comment Belinda reverses her claim, stating that Mr Hofschröer did in fact turn himself in to the police on 6 July, as scheduled:
However, Mr Wilby also says that “a friend of Mr Hofschröer” (most likely Andy Peacher, who seems to have adopted the role of deputy spokes-thingy in the case) contradicted Belinda’s self-contradiction:
A friend of Hofschröer’s posted on social media that none of his friends were aware of his whereabouts – and neither were the Metropolitan Police. Nor the solicitors instructed in the matter of his extradition. But, as with Ms McKenzie, it is difficult to separate fact from fiction in this vexed case.
Other Hofschröer ‘campaigners’, including one exiled in Ireland to frustrate arrest warrants in force against him, claim he is not a paedophile at all and that downloading indecent images does not count as child sex abuse.
Hofschröer was wearing an electronic tag on his ankle when he allegedly absconded. An alarm would have sounded at a monitoring station once his absence exceeded the terms of his licence.
Difficult to separate fact from fiction indeed!
Here’s our brief summary of the situation so far:
Belinda: Ooh, how exciting, Peter has absconded while my back was turned!
Tracey: Hey Belinda, did you hear a child was assaulted a couple of blocks from your house?
HR: Hmm, if we were Belinda, we might think twice about hosting a convicted paedophile so close to a popular playground…
Belinda: Oh wait, silly me, I forgot. Peter really did turn himself in when he was supposed to. He wasn’t even in the UK when that assault happened. Whoopsies! My bad.
Andy: (intoning) It’s been days and days, and no one knows where Peter is, not even his friends…OUCH!! Belinda, stop kicking me! What was that for?
Belinda: (smiling like a fox eating shit out of a wire brush) Everything’s fine here, folks, nothing to see…move along…
Mr Wilby points out that no mention has been made in the media or by any police agency about Mr Hofschröer’s escape (or non-escape, depending upon who one believes). We’ll continue to follow this story.