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Suffolk paedophile Glen Martin jailed for 18 years over string of child historic sex assaults

Published November 7, 2014 by misty534

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A Suffolk man has been jailed for 18 years after being convicted of a catalogue of “abhorrent” historic child sex offences.

Following Glen Martin’s imprisonment detectives praised his two victims for having the courage to come forward.

Martin, of Aldwyck Way, Lowestoft, was found guilty of three rapes, three counts of buggery, two indecent assaults and two counts of gross indecency with a child.

The 53-year-old was acquitted of a further indecent assault and a third count of gross indecency with a child.

Although Martin had denied all 12 offences he was found guilty by a jury after a trial at Ipswich Crown Court which lasted just over a week.

After his conviction Detective Constable Lisa Hogan-Green from Suffolk Constabulary’s dedicated rape investigation unit said: “We are delighted on behalf of the victims that Glen Martin has been sentenced at court to an 18-year prison term.

“The crimes he committed against his young victims were abhorrent.

“His victims were incredibly brave to come forward a number of years later to report the offences to us and to relive the trauma of what they were subjected to and we will ensure that the victims receive ongoing support.

“Suffolk Constabulary is committed to investigating rapes and serious sexual offences whether current or historic.

“Hopefully the sentencing of Martin will go some way to reassure and give confidence to victims of such offences to come forward to us, safe in the knowledge that we will fully and thoroughly investigate these types of crimes to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”

Martin was charged earlier this year and made his first appearance before North East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Lowestoft on March 4.

The case was then committed to Ipswich Crown Court.

Some of the former car valeter’s offences dated back almost 30 years. At the time he was living in north London and Cheshunt.

Other sex assaults took place several years later and occurred in Hemsby, Norfolk, and Lowestoft.

Martin was accused of seven assaults on one boy and five on another.

Paedophile attacked sleeping girl, 5, when his treatment was delayed because staff were off sick

Published May 28, 2013 by misty534

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  • Probation workers on sick leave when Daniel Veness was due to start 
  • Delay called ‘highly unsatisfactory’ by local MP Peter Aldous 
  • Police Commissioner said six month delay was ‘absolutely ridiculous’ 
  • Veness, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, jailed for two years eight months in April

A paedophile attacked a sleeping five year-old girl in the same month his sex offender treatment was delayed because staff were off sick, it emerged today.

Daniel Veness, 23, had been ordered to carry out the treatment after being convicted of possessing over 600 child abuse images on his computer.

However, two years into his three-year community order he had still not joined the programme.

It has now emerged that the urgent treatment was delayed for six months because staff were on sick leave.

In March 2012, when Veness was due to begin the Thames Valley Treatment Programme, he attacked a five-year-old girl as she slept and filmed the assault.

Veness, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, was arrested three months later when a friend found the vile images.

He was jailed for two years and eight months in April this year.

Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Service, which runs the programme, said today there was no specific requirement as to when the treatment should begin but the delay has been criticised by politicians and the local Police Commissioner.

Probation workers have revealed the treatment programme was delayed following a Freedom of Information request.

It also emerged that five other sex offenders were due to start the delayed programme.

Veness was originally ordered to start treatment after the first offence in March 2011 but a year later he had still not joined because he had been on holiday.

He was eventually given two start dates in March and October 2012, but each time the scheme was postponed before being scrapped because of ‘insufficient resources’.

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Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Service said the only legal requirement for treatment is that the defendant should complete the programme by the end of their sentence.

But Conservative MP for Waveney, Peter Aldous, said it was ‘highly unsatisfactory’.

He said: ‘I am very surprised and extremely disappointed that this information has come to light.

‘If an offence is serious enough for someone to go on a treatment programme that should be carried out as soon as practically possible after their sentencing.

‘I think in this instance a delay of six months before the course was reconstituted is not acceptable.’

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: ‘I find this approach quite extraordinary.

‘As far as I am concerned as Police and Crime Commissioner one of the key roles is to look at the accountability and the public interest.

‘While this delay may be within the law I would have thought common sense should have prevailed here and the required course or treatment would have been done straightaway.

‘I don’t understand why the course should have been delayed for six months. I find the whole process absolutely ridiculous.’

Veness admitted to offences of sexual touching, taking indecent pictures of a child and downloading indecent images of children at Ipswich Crown Court in April.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and failing to notify police of a change in his address under the terms of the Sex Offenders’ Register.

In addition to being jailed an extended licence period of three years was imposed on Veness because of the danger he represented to young girls.

He was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register and made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order.

A probation service investigation into the Veness case has now been forwarded on to the National Offender Management Service.

The Thames Valley Sex Offender Programme was designed to alter sex offenders’ behaviour by changing their attitudes towards victims and helping them take responsibility for their behaviour.

It is generally intended for male sexual offenders, aged over 21, who are sentenced to community orders.

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Lowestoft: Man’s ten-month jail term for child porn offences

Published March 18, 2013 by misty534

A SUFFOLK man who downloaded more than 1,000 indecent images of children almost a decade after appearing in court for similar offences has been jailed for ten months.

 

David Cattermole was given a three-year community order in 2001 for five child porn offences and did not come to the attention of the police again until June last year when officers went to his home in Lowestoft and seized computer equipment, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The equipment was examined and on it was found, on a scale of one to five with level five being the most serious, 800 indecent images of children at level one, 100 images at level two, 200 images at level three, 262 images (including 100 movies) at level four and ten images at level five.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said the ages of the children ranged from two to three years old to teenagers.

After his arrest Cattermole told officers he was attracted to girls aged 12-14 and had come into possession of pornographic images of younger girls while looking for images of older children.

Cattermole, 39, of London Road South, Lowestoft, admitted four offences of downloading indecent images of children and was jailed for ten months.

He was also ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for ten years.

Andrew Thompson, for Cattermole, said there had been a ten-year gap between the latest offences and his client’s offending in 2001.

 

by Jane Hunt