April 2017: Martin Minors has now been released and will be placed in a bail hostel in Hertfordshire

November 2015

Remorseless paedophile jailed for sexually assaulting seven-year-old girl


A ‘remorseless’ paedophile has been jailed for grooming and sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl.

At Basildon Crown Court, Martin John Minors, 53 of South Ockendon was sentenced to a total of three years imprisonment

Minors denied a string of offences during his trial but was found guilty by the jury of:

  • Sexual assault of a child aged under 13-years-old – 3 years imprisonment.

  • Causing a child to watch a sexual act – 12 months imprisonment

The sentences are to run concurrently (i.e. at the same time), therefore the total imprisonment is 3 years in custody.

The court heard that Minors had systematically groomed the young girl over several years to gain her trust which culminated in a sexual assault and exposure

Judge Brown told Minors that he had showed no remorse whatsoever for his offences.

The defendant fainted in the dock after the sentence was read out. After a check from the Doctor, he was sent straight to prison.

Minors was told he must sign the sex offenders register for life and was also banned from working with children