Paedophile hacked to death and his genitals mutilated


Andrew Cunningham, 50, died from multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and chest, and was found in a pool of blood in Wandsworth, south London, in December 2008

Andrew Cunningham, 50, died from multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and chest, and was found in a pool of blood in Wandsworth, south London, in December 2008

A paedophile who was hacked to death in a frenzied assault by a suspected mob of vigilantes had been seen ‘entertaining’ young girls in his caravan the night before he was murdered, an inquest heard today.

Andrew Cunningham, 52, was found naked and soaked in blood at his caravan home after suffering multiple stab wounds and mutilation to his genitals – but four years after the 2008 killing no-one has ever been charged.

It was revealed at an inquest into his death today that a local pub he used to drink in had turned the CCTV off on the night of death – but claim it was an ‘accident’.

Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe today ruled he was unlawfully killed. The police investigation is ongoing.

Cunningham served four months in jail in 2000 for having sex with a 15-year-old girl and was on the Sex Offenders’ Register until March 2008.

He had been attacked by vigilantes before who had set fire to a bag of rubbish outside his former house in Wandsworth in 2003 after he was arrested and released without charge over allegations he was grooming children.

In the run up to his death it was rumoured he had molested a two-year-old.

The allegation was never reported and sources say the claims were ‘unfounded’. He had a further conviction for common assault in 2006.

One of the last times he was seen, Cunningham was with three youngsters.

Detective Inspector Alison Hepworth, who lead the investigation, said: ‘We know he had girls in his caravan. Three girls were present on the Monday of that week, the 8th December, at about 4.30pm.

‘He was seen with the girls in his caravan, young girls about 13 or 14, this was the day before he died, he had been entertaining the girls in his caravan.’

The next night he was hacked to death in the same caravan. Because of mutilations to his genitals police believed it was linked to his lust for youngsters.

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