Yesterday the killer of British 12 year old Tia Sharpe was sentenced to a minimum of 38 years in prison for her murder. Stuart Hazell had sexually assaulted her and photographed the her body in a sexual pose after he had killer her.
Where Hazell had a history of viewing paedophile material online, with police recovering memory cards containing pictures of child pornography and bestiality, the question of to what extent the material was responsible for his behaviour was brought up. John Carr of the Children’s Charities Coalition on Internet Safety who advises the British Govt. on internet regulation says “it is not easy to generalise but the offending behaviour of men like Stuart Hazell will be accelerated and amplified by some of the extreme stuff they look for and find online”
So what role can the internet play for offenders like Stuart Hazell and how influential is it in the leap to sexual assault and in extreme cases, murder? Pat was joined by Fergal Rooney, Senior Counselling Psychologist, St John of God Hospital.