February 2011

Public shouts of protest as man who sexually attacked girls is sentenced

A MAN has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register after assaulting three young girls.

Martyn Humphreys, 47, was sentenced on Friday after having admitted four charges of sexual touching and two of sexual activity with a child at a previous hearing.

People in the public gallery shouted protests at Truro Crown Court as Judge Christopher Elwen handed down the sentence for the acts, which were carried out in the Penzance area between September 2005 and November 2009.

Humphreys, who has been living in Liskeard while on bail, was given a 50-week prison sentence suspended for two years, during which he will be on supervision. The judge also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which prohibits him from contact with children under the age of 16 unless supervised by a parent or guardian. Piers Norsworthy, prosecuting, revealed that Humphreys had assaulted the girls, who were not related to him, over their clothing.

Defence counsel Robert Linford said that Humphreys apologised for his unforgivable abuse of the children.

“He has already suffered to a significant degree, having been separated from his wife and children, whose home has been subjected to an attack but who are themselves clearly blameless,” he said.

Judge Elwen told Humphreys that he had behaved abominably and inappropriately, but he had saved the children the trauma of having to give evidence in a trial.

Humphreys was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the next ten years and must pay £1,000 towards the prosecution costs.

February 2011

Protests at judge verdict

WHEN 47-year-old Martyn Humphreys narrowly escaped being sent to immediate custody for having sexually touched three young girls, people in the public gallery at Truro Crown Court protested to Judge Christopher Elwen.

Humphreys, who has been living in Liskeard while on bail, admitted at an earlier hearing four charges of sexual touching and two of sexual activity with a child committed in the Penzance area between September, 2005 and November, 2009.

Prosecutor Piers Norsworthy revealed that Humphreys had assaulted the girls, who were not related to him, over their clothing.

Judge Elwen told Humphreys that he had behaved abominably and inappropriately but he had saved the children the trauma of having to give evidence in a trial.

Humphreys was given a 50-week prison sentence suspended for two years, during which he will be on supervision, and the judge also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order prohibiting him from contact with children under the age of 16 unless supervised by a parent or guardian.

Humphreys was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the next ten years and must pay £1,000 towards the prosecution costs.

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