October 2016

Ex-Scoutmaster given new 11-year jail term for more sex offences

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Former Scoutmaster Martyn Tucker, previously jailed for 12 years for historic sex abuse, has received a fresh 11-year sentence.

A judge told Tucker, 70, that his “deviant and wholly reprehensible behaviour” occurred between the late 1960s and the early 1980s.

He said it was “a campaign of abuse offences of the vilest kind” and a breach of trust against very young, innocent boys.

Judge Rhys Rowlands, sitting at Mold Crown Court yesterday, told Tucker he was an offender of particular concern. 

His licence on release would be extended by a year and it was up to the parole board to decide when he was safe to be freed. 

He admitted 28 sexual offences, two of a particularly serious nature, against eight victims.

 They came forward after extensive media publicity about his earlier jailing.

One man told how he bought a newspaper, saw Tucker had been jailed, and broke down and cried as what happened to him came flooding back.

In 2014 Tucker, of Sealand Road, Chester, admitted 24 offences against five other victims at Mold Crown Court and was jailed for 12 years.

 The court heard he knew his day of judgement would come, particularly when the Jimmy Savile scandal came out.

He must register with the police as a sex offender for life.

Tucker worked for the former Alyn and Deeside and Delyn councils in Flintshire, before being employed as a legal executive dealing in social welfare issues for various Chester solicitors.

He was a Scouting leader for many years – including a period of time at Whitchurch Scout Group – but had not committed offences for 30 years when he came to be arrested in 2013.

Co-defendant Malcolm Gould, 69, a former deputy headmaster who had been living in retirement in Bulgaria but returned to the UK when an European arrest warrant was issued, admitted indecent assault on one of Tucker’s victims and was jailed for three years.

The court heard in 1981 Gould was jailed for three years at Chester Crown Court for sexual offences against boys when he ran a football team.

February 2016

Former scoutmaster pleads guilty to abusing eight boys

A former scoutmaster has pleaded guilty to 28 charges of sexually abusing eight boys – one aged only 12 – in the 1970s and 1980s.

Prosecutor Myles Wilson told Caernarfon Crown Court the offences had happened over a period of 18 years between 1967 and 1985.

The court heard the complainants had given statements as a result of publicity generated when Martyn Lewis Tucker was jailed for 12 years in May 2014 at Mold Crown Court for sexually abusing five young boys between 1968 and 1978.

Tucker, who is serving time at Rye Hill prison, Rugby, Warwickshire, for those offences appeared in court today via video-link.

The 69-year-old, previously of Sealand Road, Chester, appeared calm as he pleaded guilty to 28 charges of indecency, gross indecency and indecent assault.

He pleaded not guilty to two other charges of sexual activity in the presence of a child under the age of 16 and inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity which were left on file.

Adjourning sentencing until August or September after the trial of another man, Judge Parry told Tucker: “It is a very serious matter.”

During his previous trial in May, 2014, Mold Crown Court heard how Tucker “knew his day of judgement would come”, when the Jimmy Savile scandal came out.

Police finally knocked on his door after a victim, who said Tucker “stole his soul”, had the courage to come forward after realising that those prosecuted for sex offences in Wrexham children’s homes went back further than the offences committed on him.

Tucker, who worked for the former Alyn and Deeside and Delyn councils before working as a legal executive dealing in social welfare issues for various Chester solicitors, admitted a total of 26 sexual offences during the trial.

The charges originally included male rape but prosecuting barrister John Philpotts told the court that male rape was not known to the criminal law at the time the offences were committed.

Tucker, who had once served as a scoutmaster in Whitchurch on the Cheshire/Shropshire border and also in Flintshire, admitted 12 charges of indecent assault on young boys, nine charges of indecency with a child, and five charges of another illegal sexual act. The offences dated from 1968 to 1978 on five victims, all young teenagers.

Judge Niclas Parry jailed him for 12 years, ordered him to register as a sex offender for life, and banned him from ever working with children again.

May 2014

Scoutmaster accused of sexually abusing children is jailed for 12 years

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A Scoutmaster who was alleged to have been part of a secret paedophile ring in the 1970s has been jailed today for 12 years.

Mold Crown Court heard how Martyn Tucker, 68, of Sealand Road in Chester, knew his day of judgement would come, particularly when the Jimmy Savile scandal came out.

Police finally knocked on his door last summer after one of the victims, who said Tucker stole his soul, had the courage to come forward after he realised that those prosecuted for sex offences in Wrexham children’s homes went back further than the offences committed on him when he was a boy.

Tucker said that he wanted to come clear – and admitted that he had done things in the past that he regretted.

It emerged in court that the Scout movement was told of the abuse allegations in the 1970s and while it took statements from a number of boys,the police were never informed.

Officers investigating the matter last year were able to recover those statements from the Scout movement’s HQ.

The court heard how the defendant abused scouts when he was assistant scout master of the Whitchurch scout troop on the Cheshire/Shropshire border.

He also abused others while the manager of the Foster’s menswear in the town, taking boys to the shop’s changing rooms.

Tucker also took victims to Bristol where he instructed them to indulge in sex acts with another unknown man.

While on a canoe weekend in Llangollen he was joined by an unknown primary school teacher who also indulged in sex acts with the scouts.

He would visit a farm at Pontybodkin in Flintshire, owned by a member of the defendant’s family at the time, for outdoor activities. But the defendant and the teacher abused scouts there.

Tucker, who worked for the former Alyn and Deeside and Delyn councils before working as a legal executive dealing in social welfare issues for various Chester solicitors, admitted a total of 26 sexual offences.

The charges originally included male rape but prosecuting barrister John Philpotts told the court that male rape was not known to the criminal law at the time the offences were committed.

Tucker admitted 12 charges of indecent assault on young boys, nine charges of indecency with a child, and five charges of another illegal sexual act (buggery).

The offences date from 1968 to 1978 on five victims, all young teenagers.

Judge Niclas Parry jailed him for 12 years, ordered him to register as a sex offender for life, and banned him from ever working with children again.

He told him that the offences involved a grave betrayal of the trust placed in him.

Tucker, he said, got himself into a position where he could exercise control and power over his victims.

There had been “a deliberate, calculated, sophisticated grooming process” to “fulfil your thirst for excitement and thrill seeking” at the expense of his victims.

Victims were taken on outdoor expeditions involving over-night stays which parents quite innocently and trustingly agreed to because of who he was.

“You created safe locations to offend against them, you exploited your power for your own sexual gratification, and showed a total disregard for their physical and psychological well being,” he said.

“You arranged to be alone with them out of reach of those who could ensure their safety.”

Some of the boys had been in extreme pain, the defendant was said to be domineering and Judge Parry said that the incidents in which other adults had been involved were “extremely grave”.

Some victims had since been unable to trust their fellow human beings, and one victim had told how the defendant’s acts had set him on a path of self-hatred and self destruction.

Judge Parry said that the offences took place between 36 and 46 years ago and only came to light last year as a sea-change in attitude towards historical sexual offences had taken place.

“These matters only came to light because of publicity arising from other high profile cases,” he said.

He had caused severe psychological harm to at least one victim, there had been a significant degree of planning, it occurred on a regular basis, it was a great breach of trust and there had been multiple victims.

The defendant had also shown some of his victims pornographic material.

But it was accepted that he had not committed any offences for 36 years, had led an industrious life, supported his family including a severely disabled step-son and had raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Stephen Edwards, defending, said: “He knew that one day judgement day would come. Judgement day has come today.”

He made immediate admissions to the police who arrested him and told them he had been waiting for it to happen.

In his interview, Tucker said: “I have been waiting for this, particularly since the Jimmy Savile stuff came out. I hoped it would never happen but I knew that one day it would. I deeply regret what I did then. I have lived with it. I ruined my life and I ruined others.”

Mr Edwards said that his immediate guilty pleas were a genuine indication of his true remorse.

“He is genuinely contrite and sorry for his appalling behaviour and the effect it has had on their lives,” he said.

One victim who read his own victim impact statement to the court nodded as the defendant was led away to start his sentence.

He told the court that the offences on him occurred when he was 12 or 13 and added: “They destroyed my life.

“At the time, I had never put a foot wrong. In my future I never seemed to put a foot right. This man stole my soul and set me on a path of self-hatred and self-destruction that persisted for many years.”

May 2014

Former scout master admits sexual offences against teen boys

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A former scout master has admitted a series of serious, historic, sexual offences against four teenagers.

Defendant, legal executive Martyn Lewis Tucker, 67, of Sealand Road in Chester, admitted to the offences which occurred during his time as a scout master in Flintshire, Cheshire and elsewhere in the ’60s and ’70s.

He appeared today at Mold Crown Court where Judge Niclas Parry warned he could expect a significant prison sentence.

Lewis was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender pending his sentence, which may be held next week although the date has not yet been fixed.

Judge Niclas Parry agreed to re-bail him in the meantime.

Tucker entered the dock at Mold Crown Court and admitted a total of 26 sexual offences.

The charges originally included male rape but prosecuting barrister John Philpotts told the court that male rape was not known to the criminal law at the time the offences were committed. He had therefore amended the charges.

Tucker went on to admit 12 charges of indecent assault on young boys, nine charges of indecency with a child, and five charges of another illegal sexual act (buggery).

The offences date from 1968 to 1978 when he worked as a scout master and occurred in Flintshire, Cheshire and elsewhere and relate to four victims, all young teenagers.

Stephen Edwards, defending, said that it would be a difficult and lengthy sentencing exercise and asked that sentencing be adjourned to a convenient date.

Judge Niclas Parry agreed but said that he would consult the presiding judge over the issue.

He said that in view of “recent events” it should be considered whether sentencing of such cases should await a decision of the court of appeal.

It is thought that the judge was referring to the sentencing of publicist Max Clifford who received a total of eight years.

Judge Parry adjourned sentence to a date to be fixed which he said may or may not be next week.

Mr Philpotts said that one of the victims would wish to address the court at sentencing stage to present his own victim impact statement.

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