February 2011

Protests at judge verdict

WHEN 47-year-old Martyn Humphreys narrowly escaped being sent to immediate custody for having sexually touched three young girls, people in the public gallery at Truro Crown Court protested to Judge Christopher Elwen.

Humphreys, who has been living in Liskeard while on bail, admitted at an earlier hearing four charges of sexual touching and two of sexual activity with a child committed in the Penzance area between September, 2005 and November, 2009.

Prosecutor Piers Norsworthy revealed that Humphreys had assaulted the girls, who were not related to him, over their clothing.

Judge Elwen told Humphreys that he had behaved abominably and inappropriately but he had saved the children the trauma of having to give evidence in a trial.

Humphreys was given a 50-week prison sentence suspended for two years, during which he will be on supervision, and the judge also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order prohibiting him from contact with children under the age of 16 unless supervised by a parent or guardian.

Humphreys was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the next ten years and must pay £1,000 towards the prosecution costs.