May 2017

Man jailed for sexual offences

A man who sexually assaulted two young girls in the 1980s has been sentenced to 19 years imprisonment.

Martin Wright, 55 (24.11.61) of Greenwich was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, 26 May having been found guilty of one count of rape and one count of indecent assault in respect of ‘Victim 1’; and four counts of rape and six counts of indecent assault in respect of ‘Victim 2’.

The two victims, neither of whom were known to each other, were young teenage girls when the offences were committed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The first victim contacted police in 2014, and was able to provide detectives with a detailed account of the abuse she suffered. She recalled how Wright had come into a bedroom where she was resting at a party when she was a teenager and he was in his late 20s.

Wright began to put his hand under her clothing and kissed her, telling her it was what “big girls” did. A few days later the victim went to Wright’s home address where he raped her. He then told her that no one would believe her if she told anyone, so she suffered in silence for 25 years before finding the courage to report the abuse to police.

As an adult, the second victim confided in a friend that, when she was a child, she had been sexually abused by Wright. Police were contacted and the victim was able to describe how Wright raped and assaulted her as a teenager.

Police are keen to establish whether there are other victims of Wright who have yet to come forward and have released an image of Wright from the 1980s.