August 2017

Child abuser jailed for 12 years

A pervert who sexually abused three girls was told by a judge he had “utterly destroyed their lives”.

Jailing Martyn Waller of Shepway, Maidstone for 12 years, he added: “Your principal concern was yourself – your sexual gratification and your desire to hide that which you were doing behind a fog of drink.

“That is the excuse you put forward for your lack of memory. You have little insight into that which you have done.”

The bushy bearded 52-year-old committed the offences, spread over 12 years, in the Maidstone area.

He admitted five charges of sexual activity with a child, two of indecency with a child, two of indecent assault and one of attempted sexual activity with a child.

Prosecutor Richard Cherrill said one of the victims told of being scared of Waller as he had been violent to her. “He clearly dominated her,” he added.

“He took advantage of females at various stages to have his way, regardless of the consequences.”

Judge Philip Statman said: “There is enormous psychological damage this man has done.”

The judge said it was a highly complex and sensitive case.

Waller, who has been living rough in a tent, had sex with one of the girls, but his not guilty plea to rape was accepted by the prosecution.

“The impact of your offending has been profound,” said Judge Statman. “You destroyed her formative adolescent years. Part of her knew what you were doing was wrong, but she as a child had no one to turn to.

“She was young and vulnerable. You controlled her. She made suicidal attempts and self-harmed. She has reported that which you did to her in a most grave and complete way.”

The impact on one of the other victims, with whom he also had intercourse, was also severe. She felt worthless and was frightened to complain.

Waller attempted to have sex with the third girl but was disturbed.

“You have utterly destroyed the lives of three young women,” the judge told him.

Waller admitted he “felt like some sort of monster” and stated the sentence “should be as long as it needs to be” and he did not mind how long it was.

But Judge Statman added: “It is troubling that you still don’t accept you have sexual interests in children.”

He said he was only just persuaded that Waller did not qualify for dangerous provisions which would have led to an extended sentence.

Waller’s name will appear on the sex offenders’ register for life.