An online groomer who was caught by two different internet sting operations has died while awaiting sentence.
Martin Whitby was already on a community order when he was trapped by a paedophile hunting group which set up a false Facebook profile which claimed to be that of a 14-year-old girl.
He sent messages over a period of two days in January this year which discussed meeting the girl for sex but which never got as far as arranging a rendez-vous.
It was the second time Whitby has been caught in identical circumstances. In February 2018, he was trapped by the Welsh based paedophile hunter group PH Balance.
He arranged to meet a 15-year-old girl at Exeter Central station without realising he was communicating with a decoy. He said he wanted to give her cannabis