December 2008

Child sex offender Andrew Cunningham found murdered

Man found hacked to death in his caravan.

Cunningham had a conviction for sex with a girl of 15. He was jailed in 2000 and put on the sex offenders register for seven years.

Convicted paedophile Cunningham — recently accused of molesting a barmaid’s two-year-old girl — was found butchered in his shabby caravan in South West London.

His daughter aged 22 — one of five sisters taken into care as youngsters — told how her father physically abused her and said she had wished him dead.

The victim was 52-year-old Andrew Cunningham, according to the Sun. He died after suffering multiple stab wounds to the head, neck and chest.

Mr Cunningham was set upon by a baying mob who left him naked and covered in blood in his caravan, the paper reported.

The victim, found at business premises in Riverside Road, also suffered “non-fatal injuries” to other parts of his body, police said.

According to the Sun, they included wounds to his genitals. He was found naked and covered in blood in his caravan on the site, the paper added.

The Metropolitan Police said the gruesome discovery was made at 8am on Wednesday at the Windmill Business Centre situated just off Garratt Lane.

“The man, believed to be in his mid-50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had suffered injuries believed to be stab wounds,” the force said.

“The post mortem investigation revealed non-fatal injuries to other parts of his body but we are not discussing these further for operational reasons.”

The Sun also reported the man spent four months in jail in 2001 for raping a girl aged under 13 and was arrested again in 2002, although no charges were pressed.

He had reportedly been targeted by vigilantes before. His former house had been set on fire soon after he was released from jail, the paper said.

The reason for the attack is unclear at the moment but rumours circulating among locals suggest the man had recently interfered with a two-year-old.