June 2017

Registered Leamington sex offender back behind bars

Registered sex offender was caught with indecent images of children on his phone – just a month after a period on licence following a prison term for similar offences had ended.

Now Zak Markham-Martin is back behind bars after being jailed for a total of 30 months by a judge at Warwick Crown Court, who also ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.

The 30 year-old, previously of Leicester Street, Leamington, had pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography, and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Outlining the background to the offences, Prosecutor Peter Grice said that in 2015 Markham-Martin had been made subject to a referral order for possessing indecent images of children.

He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order with a number of prohibitions relating to his access to internet sites and the storing of digital images.

Then in March last year he was jailed for 18 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years for making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

Having already served some time on remand, he spent only another couple of months inside before he was released, and was then on licence until February this year.

But on March 24 Markham-Martin, who at the time was living at a probation hostel in Kenilworth Road, Leamington, was stopped by his police offender manager who asked to see his phone.

Markham-Martin produced a Nokia phone which was not capable of connecting to the internet.

Not satisfied, the officer pointed to a bulge in his pocket and asked what it was, and Markham-Martin at first claimed it was his wallet – but then produced a second phone.

That phone did have internet capability, and on it and in a drop box account officers found indecent images of children as young as three, as well as extreme pornographic images.

Mr Grice said many of the images involved boys aged between three and 13, and when he was interviewed Markham-Martin admitted downloading them.

Paul O’Keefe, defending, told the judge: “Clearly you are dealing with a young man who is still only 20, but for awful offences of having indecent images.

“A month after his release, he’s downloading similar, if not worse images than before.

“In the past he’s always denied any interest in children sexually, and when pressed by the authors of previous reports he would change the subject and deny any issue.

“But on this occasion he’s accepted he does have a sexual interest in children, and that he’s quite likely to re-offend, and expresses a desire to have some treatment while in custody.  He wants that help.”

Judge Richard Griffith-Jones pointed out: “The problem I have is that it is far too serious for a non-custodial sentence.

“But it is unlikely to be of such length that he will be able to benefit from a course in custody, which can only begin when he’s 21.”

Jailing Markham-Martin for 20 months for the images and 10 months consecutive for breaching the order, Judge Griffith-Jones told him: “This was a flagrant breach of the sexual harm prevention order made for a period of five years in 2015.

“The offences of possessing the images are made far worse not only by reason of the number and gravity of them, but also by your previous convictions.”

And, imposing a new sexual harm prevention order for ten years, the judge warned him: “Further breaches when you are released will result in longer sentences.”

March 2016

Sex offender given 18 months detention for making indecent images of children

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A REGISTERED sex offender with a ‘disturbing’ fetish for dressing as a baby continued downloading indecent images of children within months of being sentenced for similar offences.

Zak Markham-Martin from Leamington had been caught after staff at the premises where he was living discovered some of the images on a memory card he had left in the lounge.

He was sentenced to 18 months detention after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to a number of charges of making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

In addition, the 18-year-old of Leicester Street, who also admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order, was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Prosecutor Matthew Brook had told the court in February last year Markham-Martin had been made subject to a referral order and a five-year sexual harm prevention order for offences of making indecent images of children.

After the hearing he began living in sheltered housing for young adults, where it was noticed he was very withdrawn and spending a lot of time on his laptop.

In August last year he left his memory card in the lounge, where it was found by a member of staff who checked it and found it contained indecent images of children.

It was handed over to the police who found it contained photos and movies, including a number classified as hardcore.

Markham-Martin was charged in relation to those images and entered his guilty pleas in December, after which the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

But since then the police also examined his laptop and phone, which had also been seized, as a result of which he was charged with further offences to which he also pleaded guilty.

Sarah Allen, prosecuting at a further hearing, pointed out: “At the time of his arrest a number of disturbing items were found, including a baby bottle he drank from, nappies, dummies and children’s underwear.

“They were similar to items found the previous year, and he said he enjoyed items of that type for his own pleasure.”

Nick Devine, defending, said Markham-Martin’s  father was himself sentenced for similar offences last year

Judge Alan Parker told Markham-Martin: “This is a deeply worrying case on a number of levels.

“It’s troubling someone as young as you should engage in the downloading of the material which has been described to me.

“Furthermore, the timing of these offences is truly worrying, because you had been made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order in March last year, and you immediately continued to access the material that had caused that order to be made.

“I am satisfied you knew full well how serious accessing material of this kind was and is.  It doesn’t seem to me you have any remorse at all.”

February 2016

Teen left memory stick with child sex images in lounge

When staff at a sheltered housing premises for young adults found a memory card in the lounge, they checked 
it and found it contained indecent images of children.

So the police were called, and resident Zak Markham-Martin, who was already subject to a sexual harm prevention order over earlier indecent images, was arrested.

Markham-Martin, aged 18, of Leicester Street, Leamington, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to charges of making indecent images of children and breaching the order.

But on the day he was due to be sentenced, prosecutor Matthew Brook asked for the case to be adjourned.

He explained that in February last year Markham-Martin had been made subject to a referral order and a five-year sexual harm prevention order for offences of making indecent images of children.

Following the hearing he did not return home, but found accommodation at sheltered housing for young adults, where it was noticed he was very withdrawn and spending a lot of time on his laptop.

In August last year he left his memory card in the lounge, where it was found by a member of staff who checked it and found it contained indecent images of children.

So Markham-Martin was charged in relation to those images and entered his guilty pleas in December, after which the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

But Mr Brook said that since then the police have also examined Markham-Martin’s laptop and phone, which had been seized when he was arrested.

On the laptop they found two stills and one movie in category A and seven category C stills, as well as a large amount of illegal extreme pornography.

The phone contained 42 stills and six movies in category A, 23 category B stills, and 277 stills and one movie in category C – but there was also a message making it clear he had sent an indecent image to another person.

“He has been interviewed about those matters in prison and made full and frank admissions; but what has not happened is that he has not yet been charged with those matters.”

Recorder Gareth Evans QC asked whether they could be ‘taken into consideration’ – but Mr Brook said that could not be done because of the more serious distribution offence.

Adjourning the case for Markham-Martin to be charged and for the further matters to be sent to the crown court, Recorder Evans told him: “It’s important that when the court comes to sentence you it has all the matters in front of it.

“I appreciate you have been in custody since August, but these are serious matters, and it’s important the court has all the information in front of it.”

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