December 2017

Abuser told to prepare for long prison sentence for child sex offences in Weston-super-Mare

A man is facing a long jail term after being convicted of a catalogue of physical and sexual abuse involving two young children.

Martin Streeter denied the abuse, which took place in Weston-super-Mare and involved a six-year-old boy and a girl aged under 13.

The 58-year-old, now living at Schoolfields in Bridgwater, stood trial at Bristol Crown Court.

A jury unanimously convicted him of two rapes and 11 indecency charges against the girl, as well as two charges of taking indecent photographs of her and a physical abuse charge.

He was also convicted of a physical abuse charge against the boy.

Judge Martin Picton adjourned the case for sentence later this week. The sentencing will take place at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, due to the Crown court not being compliant for disabled people’s access.

The judge told Streeter: “It has to be a custodial sentence. These are absolutely awful crimes.

“You will need to go to prison, I’m afraid, and it will not be a short sentence.”

The judge thanked the jury for its work and said counselling was available via the Samaritans should it be needed after the traumatic case.

Streeter declined to comment after the hearing.