A PAEDO hunter granddad had his finger BITTEN OFF by a suspected child molester as he tried to arrest him.
Steve Little, 60, from Liverpool, was left with an agonising bloody stump after Thomas Jean De-Castle-Lynne chomped down on his hand.
The pervert thought he was meeting up with a 14-year-old girl but was snared by ‘Catching Online Predators’ – a paedophile hunter group.
Doctors desperately tried to save Steve’s finger but despite it being reattached, his little finger was later amputated as the wound became infected.
De-Castle-Lynne was jailed for 10 years after being charged with intent of meeting someone under 16, wounding with intent, racial harassment and common assault at St Albans Crown Court.
Steve, a retired nurse, said: “The messages he [De-Castle-Lynne] sent were disgusting, and I was passionate about bringing him to justice.
“But once he realised, he completely lost the plot – he ended up punching the woman filming in the face, which is when the team and I tackled him to the ground.
“It wasn’t until it was too late that I noticed my finger was in his mouth.
There was my blood all in his mouth but he didn’t let go – the pain was excruciating as he clamped down on my little finger.
“There was my blood all in his mouth but he didn’t let go – the pain was excruciating as he clamped down on my little finger.
“It was torn straight off and was hanging by just a small amount of flesh.”
Following the incident, which was Steve’s first and last job with Catching Online Predators, police were called and he was rushed to hospital in the hopes of saving his little finger.
The medical team at Stevenage Hospital managed to staple Steve’s finger back in to place but a few days later, he noticed the flesh was starting to rot.
Following this, his entire finger was amputated.
Steve said: “I can’t describe how bad the pain was – my finger was just there, dangling in the wind.
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“I was a nurse for 18 years, so I knew things weren’t looking good.
“But I’d happily do it again to stop men like him roaming out streets.
“I may have lost my finger, but someone else may have lost a child, so that gives me comfort.”
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