Up to 100 people witnessed vigilante group attack on wanted men in Northern Ireland
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Up to 100 people witnessed vigilante group attack on wanted men in Northern Ireland

A WITNESS to the assault of two suspected paedophiles in Northern Ireland has said that up to 100 people watched a vigilante group beat the men with iron bars before tying them up and covering them in paint.

James White and Alexis Guesto were set upon by a gang on Saturday evening.

Both men are wanted for a range of offences in the Republic of Ireland.

It is believed they had travelled to Northern Ireland to evade charges.

A witness, who did not wish to be named, told the BBC that around 100 people witnessed the attack in the south Armagh village of Mullaghbawn.

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She said: “They kicked them in the head. They beat them with sticks. They jeered. They took pictures of them.

“I thought one of them was dead.”

She added that a priest intervened to try to calm the situation.

“We went for the priest and he immediately came down and tried to plead with them.

“I know they had to be taken out of the community – but not like that.”

One of the two men attacked, James White, has been recalled to prison following the incident.

The other man, Alexis Guesto, appeared at Newry Crown court today and was remanded in custody.

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Detectives are now investigating the incident.