*Update: Attacks were driven by a "perverted sense of morality":
The boy allegedly told friends he was "targeting paedos" as his father "may have experienced something similar when he was younger", the court heard.Thanks to the friend on Twitter for the tip.
First Constable Luxmoore said the boys' father was highly intoxicated when a police officer contacted him over those claims this month and twice told police his sons "had done nothing wrong" and implied "they were almost doing police's job".
"They were finding the 'paedos' for us and it was almost like they were doing a civic duty," First Constable Luxmoore said. Canberra Times
I don't have a smart phone myself, neither does David. Even if I did I'd be very wary of these gay hook up apps where you meet up with a perfect stranger. You just don't know what you might be getting into. I'm sorry I'm just old fashioned, I prefer going to the pub and getting pissed to meet someone :) At least it's face to face. That's how I met David, wasn't planned or anything, we just hit it off straight away.
Some gays seem very casual about the apps however, like it's another part of their lives and no big deal. Those sorts of people are open about their use of the apps and wouldn't be open to blackmail. Everyone knows about it anyway.
However others, for whatever reason, want it all to be discreet. It's these sorts of people that were targeted by 4 teenagers in Canberra. Hook ups arranged but after they met the men they saw were threatened with friends and family being told unless they coughed up money. Likely I guess in unsafe situation with violence threatened along with it? The cops usually don't tell the media everything, especially with an ongoing court case.
Sadly, one man has suicided over it. They might as well have used a bullet IMO.
All the teenagers have been denied bail.
One of the most outrageous things about it all is that the youths claimed they were "targeting paedophiles". FFS, 99% of paedophiles identify as straight.
The amounts demanded ranged from $150 to $1,000.
A 15-year-old, two 16-year-olds and an 18-year-old appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court today, where each was denied bail.
Police told the court one of the alleged victims in New South Wales had taken his own life.
The court heard other victims had been identified by material found on social media and other accounts belonging to the group, as well as stolen mobile phones.
But police told the court most were reluctant to complain, because of embarrassment.
The court heard one of the boys told police the people they were targeting were paedophiles.
Police argued against bail, citing concerns there could be a risk of interference with evidence or witnesses.
Magistrate Margaret Hunter agreed, rejecting arguments from the lawyer for the 18-year-old that he was only charged over one of the incidents and had nothing to do with the alleged victim who had died.
"This appears to be a gang scamming this unfortunate individual," Magistrate Hunter said. ABC