"We will take a shower at the hotel in the morning..we will shower together."
An Indian man received a jail sentence for 15 months after UK vigilantes caught him attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl for underage sex.
Balachandran Kavungalparambath, aged 38-years-old, believed he was messaging an underage girl. After ‘grooming’ her online, he tried to meet with the child.
Instead, he had actually been communicating with a vigilante group known as Internet Interceptors, who were posing as a 14-year-old girl. The banker arranged the meeting in a Birmingham hotel. However, at the location, he was confronted by the group who streamed the meeting on Facebook Live.
Kavungalparambath’s trial took place at Birmingham Crown Court. The man, originally from India, pleaded guilty for attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of child sex abuse.
He received his sentence on 23rd October 2017. Police will place him on the sex offenders’ list for 10 years. They also gave him a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.
The 38-year-old sent messages to who he believed was a 14-year-old girl. Instead, the underage child was actually a decoy of Internet Interceptors. The group aims to capture suspected paedophiles through this type of guise.
Kavungalparambath, who moved from India to London, sent explicit messages, of which included: “We will take a shower at the hotel in the morning..we will shower together. Would you be shy?”
He then attempted to meet the 14-year-old in a Birmingham hotel, meaning he travelled over 100 miles from London. However, he was confronted by the vigilante group who revealed that he had actually communicated with them.
The group streamed the entire meeting. While Kavungalparambath initially denied he intended to have sex, saying: “I was supposed to have a chat with her, it was not with the intention of getting her into a bed and having sex with her.”
However, vigilantes recited to him WhatsApp messages he had sent. They also ordered the 38-year-old to empty his bag; revealing perfume and condoms he had brought for the meeting. Afterwards, he became emotional, saying:
“I will have to leave the country. I am from India. I lose my job, I have to leave the country.”
The stream ended as police arrived to arrest the London banker. Reports claim that he worked for Citibank, earning roughly £54,000 per year. But in a statement, the company confirmed that he doesn’t work for them anymore. They stated:
“This individual is not a Citi employee any longer. The offences are abhorrent.”
Vigilante groups in the UK are honing in on more and more cases of this kind where they are revealing such men, including those of a South Asian background, who are being caught in sting operations attempting to date underage girls as young as 12 and 13.