January 2013

10 years for sex pervert

A Spaedophile who performed perverted sex acts on young girls has been jailed for 10 years.

Martin Casey, 41, befriended single mothers in Heywood and gained their confidence, then subjected their daughters – one aged just seven – to sexual abuse.

He even filmed two of the youngsters as he molested them.

A compilation of the footage put together by police was shown to Judge Martin Rudland in private before he passed sentence at Manchester Crown Court.

Casey, who moved to Heywood five years ago, pleaded guilty to six offences – including indecent assault, gross indecency and taking indecent photographs – between July and November 2003.

His victims, whom he took on trips to baths and Blackpool unsupervised, were aged seven to 10.

“He gave the mothers no concern about their daughters and they were unaware of his past,” said prosecutor Julian Taylor.

Casey had previously been convicted of sexually abusing children aged between five and eight and was jailed for 42 months in 1996.

After he was arrested, Casey’s home in Duke Street was stoned and his car trashed. A shed in the back yard was also set alight.

“I felt sorry for the guy and he seemed so genuine. How could I have been so gullible?” said the mother of his seven-year-old victim.

“He was like an uncle to the kids and I used to have a drink with him at friends’ houses.

“I don’t trust anyone any more.”

Casey, who lived alone, was convicted of abusing the girl for four months but the family believe it could have been longer. Her mother is happy with the 10-year sentence.

He was arrested after children finally told their parents about the abuse. Police found children’s toys, a CD and a number of videos when they searched his home.

Mr Taylor said Casey admitted his guilt when quizzed by detectives but did not show any remorse or regret.

The house where Casey lived is still boarded up. Neighbours reacted with relief to the news that he had been jailed.

“I was really shocked when I found out what he had done,” said one woman with two young sons.

“He used to give my children ice cream over the back wall but thankfully didn’t get close to them.

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